With two storey terraces flanking it, this double fronted Victorian house in leafy East Melbourne was crying out for a beautiful garden. The front garden is a play between Victorian formality and effusive soft plantings. Large flagstones of black limestone curve gently to the entrance with an understated grandeur that reflects the feel of the property.
The featured variation of foliage provides year round interest and seasonality, while flowering Ginger Lilies and Philippine Lilies are an added bonus.
While the front garden is a reflection of the properties heritage, the rear court is much more a reflection of the stylish owner – smooth and contemporary but with a soft edge.
The rear court is a sun drenched space that is bookended by a studio garage. It is a well appointed space for entertainment, play and recreation.
Surprisingly un-treed for an E-GA garden, there are echoes of Sydney in this space with its advanced Fragipani trees, sweeps of giant Liriope and mounds of large leafed Luculia grandiflora. The simplicity of the space is offset by sculptural features.
A basket weave of Limestone and Mondo grass sits like a rug by the swimming pool. There is an intricacy to this unusual blending of materials.
The floor to ceiling water feature gives a lovely scale to the covered rear patio. The finish on the wall is known as ‘Tadelakt’, an age old Moroccan technique involving lime based render with a waxed finish. Very few artisans have mastered this art and at the time of construction there was just one in Melbourne.
Among the length of the swimming pool sits a contemporary sculpture of plant and metal. Garden art, if you will. Repeated steel slats are divided into angular form and broken up by wedges of Chinese Star Jasmine. It is a simple and effective result.