GARDEN OF ROOMS
The brief was to create an exciting garden, with a lot of plant interest, to enhance the beautifully restored and extended Hawthorn brick Victorian home.
It was also essential that the garden provide numerous opportunities for outdoor living, and perhaps most importantly of all, that it be a garden which children would want to go out into. The garden is designed to flow all around the house.
It is a garden of rooms: entry is via a very distinctively hand-pebbled path in a Victorian grapevine pattern, reflecting the fine lacwork along the front verandah. The rose and perennial plantings here relate to the period of the house. A more informal lawn garden with deep shrub borders leads around the side of the house, and extends into a 'Jungle Garden' - ideal for hide-and-seek! Over a short timber walkway, and one arrives at a timber deck, cantilevered over a reflective pool, where the planting takes on a Japanese feel.
A highly distinctive stone walkway then leads to the rear section of the garden, featuring a Japanese inspired teahouse - ideal for under-cover outdoor dining and for children who like to splash paint around. A swim spa is cleverly incorporated into this structure. Random slate paving extends out from the rear of the house to the strongly shaped lawn and a deep arc of planting designed for year-round interest enfolds the rear of the garden.
Garden shed, clothesline, herb garden and utility are all cleverly incorporated into this design.