B & A: How does your garden grow?

This Clifton Hill garden started as a blank canvas. The property was purchased by the owners who lived on the adjoining block.

A derelict house was cleared and levelled ready for a new garden that could be integrated into the existing established garden of the main residence.

The brief given by the owners was broad and open minded. The owners, a couple with a young child, wanted a real garden as both are interested in gardening and were keen to maintain it themselves.

Purpose built areas such as living and dining areas were devised along with scattered water features and a vegetable and herb garden. The garden was to be designed so that you could walk through and experience the qualities similar to a garden walk. 

An important element to the design was to enable the garden to be viewed from the house. This was achieved by opening up a wall to create a new entrance into the garden and to allow for more light to enter into the house.

We specified a selection of plants which were colourful, perfumed and textural. The plants specified were also chosen on the basis that they have seasonal longevity and were to be low water tolerant.

The design concept included shaded sitting and eating areas, privacy from the front street, brightly coloured rendered walls and complimenting colourful plantings.

The concept when presented to the client was well received and construction on installing the garden was commenced in late 2007.

The garden has developed well considering all plantings were very young when planted. 

The owners have done a great job pushing the garden through the very hot weather in 2008/2009 resulting in only a few failures, which included a row of Michelia alba.

Nearly three years on, the garden offers a near full amenity and many rewards for the time spent within the space.  More recent photos will be updated in Spring.