Sue McLean

Sue McLean


Designers – Sue & Colin McLean

Creation NZ Ltd
Designers & Project Managers
18 Wallace St, Herne Bay, Auckland 1011


09 376 5955


021 344 249 or 021 757 196


Herne Bay Rd Herne Bay

McLean Landscapes has come up with an original flowing design in response to the crisp modernist architecture of this house by architect Lindy Leuschke in warm-toned, shuttered concrete.  With its challenging setting on an exposed cliff sloping to the inner harbour, the garden needed to float around the house and its interface with the land with a light touch. The clients wanted the house to open up to the impact of the plane trees in a neighbouring reserve and the wide expanse of the sea. The garden was therefore created to deliver a fluid planted link between these elements and the house, favouring indigenous coastal species. The overall design achieves a Zen-like simplicity which is highly complementary to the house, offering a calm and peaceful integration with the surrounding environment.


Comins Crescent Mission Bay 

Here, the husband wanted to make his Mexican wife feel at home in New Zealand and to open the house out to the garden landscape. He also loved to cook outside Mexican-style. His wife loved the sizzling hot colours and warm adobe background of her homeland. The resulting design is a vibrant entertainment, cooking area and garden. Sue’s husband, Colin, and Ross Leong designed the hard landscape which is enhanced by Sue’s vivid plant palette. But the true spirit of Mexico leaps out in the richly coloured glazed and terracotta tiling of the paving, cooking area and pizza oven, by Chris Southern and Tom Koene in partnership with Middle Earth Tiles. Chris worked with Hundertwasser tiling the famous Kawakawa toilets and now teams up with Tom to create artistic tile work for private clients.

We have been designing and installing gardens to a wide range of clients since 1988.

The business remains a small collaborative practice dedicated to offering an attentive and personal commitment to every project, be it an inner city courtyard, expansive residential garden or rural lifestyle development.

We bring vision, passion and sensitivity to the process of achieving our clients’ dreams and needs.

We are experienced in designing and building all the elements which combine to ensure that each garden is a unique sanctuary. From pools and water features, stone, decorative tiling and timber work, lighting and sculpture to the final flourish of quality lawns and striking planting, we guarantee a seamless result.

Our team is skilled at designing creative solutions to challenges on existing properties   and offering inspired vision for an empty site.

Projects have been featured on television and in numerous architectural and garden design publications including ‘Landscape…Gardens by New Zealand’s Top Designers’

Creation NZ is an accredited member of Landscaping NZ, has won Gold at the Ellerslie Flower Show where Sue is a current judge. She is immediate past Chairperson of the Garden Design Society of NZ.   

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