Investors and gardeners have a lot in common. For starters, we both know the impact of a well-placed hedge. Hopefully both have a sense of humour too. It’s no laughing matter, though, when it comes to protecting your property investment.
Our clients live in a highly exposed position on the cliffs of Dover Heights which receive fierce winds. Planting for their back and side garden areas needed to be particularly hardy. The wanted a low maintenance garden that could also accommodate their many family and friends.
To incorporate a defined structure to the garden, we included a zig zag style retaining wall, inspired by renowned Modernist Landscape Architect Thomas Church, which can double as extra seating. We incorporated Millboard (artificial timber) decking along the front and top of the wall, to extend the decking into the garden area and incorporated large Cor-ten steel planters to add extra layering and dramatic effect. Plants include a range of succulents and local, hardy plants, with primarily blue/grey foliage, which complements their vibrant outdoor dining table.
The clients in this luxurious townhouse wanted a very private garden with an open space with different outdoor zones. Their children are keen soccer players, so a large grassed area was important, as well as having a space to entertain friends and family.
The townhouse is a large corner block, located opposite an old age home, so privacy and a feeling of being away from the city, was paramount. We incorporated a long built-in planter box of bamboo to create privacy, with additional tropical style planting of Philodendron Rojo Congo and Agave attenuate. Travertine pavers and timber flooring were used as a division for the dining and lounge areas and helped to create a warm, cosy space for the family to enjoy.Photography courtesy of Alex Nikulin.
The body corporate of this beautiful apartment complex wanted a refurbishment of the communal garden areas, to brighten up the darker areas of the garden and encourage the residents to enjoy looking over their balconies into an elegant and vibrant space. It had to be attractive from all sides of the building, yet hardy and low maintenance.Photography courtesy of Jack Hibbert.
Our client in Malabar needed a complete landscape makeover for their 4 level home set back from the beach. With no lawn and only minimal garden beds, they wanted to incorporate a range of plants to create a very natural, calming & inviting home.
The client particularly likes The Grounds of Alexandria, so we introduced a variety of organic shaped pots, with earthy colours & textures, such as cor-ten steel, stone, bronze & terracotta, along with other recycled, industrial materials, in combination with timber planter boxes. The earthy materials connect all of the 16 different outdoor areas.
Our clients wanted us to design the front, back and side garden areas for their beautiful new coastal home. The design needed to soften the strong rectilinear lines of the home’s contemporary architecture and complement the white and grey colour scheme. In the back garden, the focus was to create privacy and maximise space for the kids to play.
In the front garden, planting needed to soften the driveway and large format steps at the entranceway. Dracaena draco (Dragon Tree) was selected as the feature tree, along with a combination of Australian natives and succulents, with a mixture of green, grey and glaucous coloured foliage. Plants needed to be hardy, low maintenance and dog friendly.
The clients of this lovely Rose Bay home wanted a dramatic change to their front entrance. Their brief was to change the front garden, from a large pond which was situated on both sides of the timber walkway, into a warm, inviting tropical paradise. They wanted it to be reminiscent of their travels to Bali.
The clients of this coastal home wanted to create a beautiful, Japanese inspired front garden, that was water wise and created a calm entrance to the family home. The client loved a range of plants, including the dramatic Alcanterea imperialis (Imperial Bromeliade), so we incorporated different foliage colours and textures of both native and exotic varieties – all suited to second line salt.
Curved corten steel edging was used to give a strong line style to the garden and provide an Eastern sensibility and tranquillity to the home’s entrance. Stone pavers that were leftover from the client’s earlier back garden renovation were used as stepping stones, along with the addition of Cowra white pebbles.