While some of the structural elements were in place, this garden was tired and needed soil improvements and all understory planting removed.
Plants were chosen for their ability to withstand either dry shade or hot Westerly sun whilst providing a structured green and fragrant lower planting.
The evergreens provide the perfect backdrop for the spectacular autumnal colours of the Pears, Birch and Maples in April and May each year and in winter when branches are bare a cohesive lush garden remains.
The verandah underwent some alteration and render and painting of planter boxes bought the design together.
This garden is the result of careful consideration of shade, privacy and competing functions.
Deciduous tree planting to the West shades the garden from the harsh sun in Summer while tall hedging around the pool and the lower border planting are a restful green structure that delineate the garden zones. All plantings were chosen for their ease of maintenance and their ability to create year round interest in the garden through changing colour and texture.
Created for a family with three active children and a dog, the highlights are the generous pool and spa, an expanse of hardy artificial turf for ball sports and play and an impressive undercover entertainment space, complete with a wood fired pizza oven, BBQ and charcoal Parilla enclosed in sleek custom made cabinetry.
Extensive changes were made to the front garden of this classic home. The gravel semicircular driveway was replaced with a bluestone and polished stone aggregate. A stately front fence with a decorative arbour and twin automatic gates was installed.
The owners requested an easy to maintain, structural green garden with seasonal accents of flowering and Autumn colour. The large Agaves provide an architectural element, blocks of Gardenias and Daphne soften the landscape and clipped Japanese box hedges finish the garden beds. A hedge of Viburnum Awabuki provides a lovely lime screen and Maples and Crepe Myrtles bring life and colour into the garden.
This magnificent Victorian home sits within a formal front garden of existing English Box hedging and a pleached Bay Laurel border. The owners were keen to have a highly scented green and white front garden. The neighbouring Oak tree was making like difficult for the existing plants. Extensive soil restructuring enabled new underplanting to flourish. The formal planting now provides the formwork to healthy Gardenia florida and magnifica, Daphne, Chinese Star Jasmine, trailing Bacopa and designated annual plantings of white Primulas and Pansies.
The rear garden provided a real challenge with no planting area by the pool. Existing potted Magnolia Altas were uplifted, root pruned and replanted into new large custom sized troughs to allow for height and privacy. Decorative urns were replanted and the pool lounge area was given a new lease of life with large bowls of Gardenia and Alyssum.
This beautiful home was extensively renovated and extended. The front garden needed to be a refuge from a busy street beyond. Paths were altered to ‘direct’ toward the non-central front door. Pierre de Ronsarde Climbing roses wrap up the iron posts to the lace works while shrub roses create a visual haven when in bloom. In winter Daphne blooms and the tulip like flowering of Magnolia soulangiana is spectacular. The arched entry has been surrounded by wire tensioned stainless steel cables to support the beautiful, fragrant Chinese Star Jasmine.
An existing pool was tired but functional and the new rear garden was to be home to three small children and a labrador. The pool was refurbished from being a dark gloomy pool to a bluestone clad, pale tiled resort style finish. The existing water featured was clad in a stacked stone and Boston Ivy softens the walls where planting space is minimal. A herb patch and Espaliered Citrus trees in the rear garden give the cook access from the kitchen.