Project: Prahran

The E-GA website has recently had a little facelift and as part of the launch, we will be bringing you individual stories of various completed projects over the next couple of weeks.  Here we have an inner city townhouse who’s contemporary architecture is offset by a simple, soft edged landscape.

The garden comprises three main areas; an entrance walk, a central courtyard and a rear garden alongside a lap pool. The project was a second E-GA garden for the young family of four and also a collaboration with MCR Architects.

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The entrance garden provided an existing Weeping Lilly Pilly Tree whose arched branches sweep across the severe facade of the building. Underneath, bold foliaged perennials like Iris ‘Tycoon’ and Cardamom are mass planted providing softness to the building approach.

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The building wraps around a sun filled courtyard of over-scaled stonewalls and a limited planting space.  Here our garden treatment was simple, vertical and colourful.  ‘Trees’ of stainless wire provide a naturalistic, jagged edged climbing frame for the subtropical Blue Trumpet Vine.  Gardenia, ‘Grandiflora Star’ pillows the edges of the inbuilt daybed.

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The rear garden is a long, linear space that is framed by a neighbouring Ash tree. To give the courtyard depth of perspective, garden beds were pushed right into the space, creating niches for dining, sunbaking and relaxing. Simplicity was key to the planting design with a simple carpet of Ground-cover Star Jasmine cascading over Corten Steel retaining walls and also growing up the full height mesh boundaries. Philippine Lilies and Gardenia provide seasonal interest against this strong foil of greenery.

Below are some before photos.

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