Star jasmine is the springtime star in Libby and David Clark’s rural garden near Gisborne.

Star jasmine is the springtime star in Libby and David Clark’s rural garden near Gisborne.

The pool area at this home, 8km west of Whangarei, shows a strong Balinese influence, with planting by subtropical specialist Russell Fransham.

The pool area at this home, west of Whangarei, shows a strong Balinese influence, with planting by subtropical specialist Russell Fransham.

The pool fence, minus any capping, adds to the industrial, architectural feel of the house.

The pool fence, minus any capping, adds to the industrial, architectural feel of the house.

Delwyn and Bryce Barnett asked Taranaki landscape designer Mike Mansvelt for a tropical resort feel when he redesigned this area.

Delwyn and Bryce Barnett asked Taranaki landscape designer Mike Mansvelt for a tropical resort feel when he redesigned this area.

Sticking to their environmentally friendly, healthy approach, Bruce and Jane converted their swimming pool from chlorine to magnesium.

Sticking to their environmentally friendly, healthy approach, Bruce and Jane converted their swimming pool from chlorine to magnesium.

A surrounding moat planted with a living wall of fragrant flowers is a beautiful but practical safety barrier that neatly meets the pool safety code without the need for a fence.

Polished black granite vanishing-edge pool, surrounded by moat of fragrant flowers.

Beside the indoor pool is a Maori stone anchor and an upright oar by Peter Oxborough.

Beside the indoor pool is a Maori stone anchor and an upright oar by Peter Oxborough.


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