Project: Canterbury

This Queen Anne style home was sited on a much loved but slightly tired Eckersley Garden from 20 years ago. Our generous and loyal clients Chris and Greg approached EGA to bring the garden into the current era. Much to our pleasure, the bones of the garden were still strong (a testament to good design) and the garden renovation kept much of the existing structure and planting.



The new garden was laid out with strong simplicity and a more contemporary feel than it’s predecessor. A mitered bluestone wall now extends from the water line of the swimming pool and then works its way through the garden in a formal geometry to separate the lawn and garden space. The bluestone repeats throughout the garden as the modern ashlar pattern around the pool, which fragments into stepping-stones through the lawn.


The big improvement to the garden was the creation of an outdoor entertainment area at the same level as the house floor. The BBQ was built in this time and a lightly pitched pergola was erected over the space to carry Virginia creeper. Again the Bluestone breaks away into stepping stone but this time they’re locked into a fine pebble aggregate. It’s Greg’s favourite part of the garden; “I just love the geometry of it…and the way the Vines hang down like Babylon”



The front garden has a far more soft, romantic appeal.  Treed and gentle, its only geometry is axial pathway of stone steppers that create a long view through the garden. The planting is a collection of flowering perennials and shrubs that thrive under the leafy mature trees. It is a very different garden to the rear but perfectly suited to this period home.



A few BEFORE images can be seen below.