A challenging job designed to pass local council regulations and meet the needs of a couple setting up to enjoy retirement. This job features a front garden planted out entirely with native plants, using foliage texture and colour to contrast with the washed aggregate driveway. An intimate entry courtyard with a Japanese style rain garden and native planing. The rear garden features a checkerboard paved area maximising permeable surfaces, raised produce gardens and a planting scheme combining the clients favourite ornamental and productive plants. Complete with rain water tanks under deck and irrigation system throughout.
When an inspirational client decides to build her dream garden as a 70th birthday present to herself, the result is a truly inspiring garden.
The key feature of this garden is a pond which utilises the principles of Water Sensitive Urban Design to catch all of the properties storm water and filter it through the pond wetland and then into a rain garden, which sits dry unless it rains.
Both the front and back gardens are planted with entirely indigenous plants, which complement the borrowed views from the neighboring parklands, and meet the long term dream of the client to have a stunning indigenous bush garden.
Designing for a client that is building an architecturally designed home and is willing to take some creative risk in the garden is a great privilege. This garden comprised a number of small courtyard spaces. The clients are gardeners and have two very well loved dogs, so our challenge was to maintain enough hard surfaces for entertaining and living, while still allowing space for it to have an interesting and layered planting. We used some creative detail to enhance the sense of space and maximize the aesthetic outcome.
creative example of what can be achieved on a small suburban block.
Colourful waterwise plantings of plumbago, salvias and edible species.
Vine-covered pergola, vegetable garden, dry stone wall, pizza oven,
washed aggregate paving with pebble design. Water tanks, compost, worm
This garden required a renovation and redesign of an existing space that had some fantastic existing assets.
Existing brick paving under a magnificent peppercorn tree was lifted and relayed on the opposite side of the garden. This aimed to protect the tree and allow the clients to enjoy the sun that the other side of the garden benefited from. Existing bricks were used so that plant material was the only new element introduced to the garden, reducing waste removed and material input.
Raised beds were constructed from this brick and feature sunrays of brick divide the large garden created under the peppercorns canopy. These also allow for easier access to the garden for ease of maintenance.