Project: Elsternwick

The austere architecture of this Neometro home has been softened by Scottie’s Asian influenced garden.  The garden design draws on the strong lines of the architecture but then softens them with naturalistic plantings.  Even in the depths of winter, this garden has a strength that comes form the blending of evergreen plants alongside deciduous plants.


Within the confines of this very structured garden, there is still room to be casual and naturalistic.  Mossy rocks are placed in a sea of Mini Mondo under woodlands of Japanese Maples.


The rear garden draws strong lines from the architecture – drawing modernity into the garden spaces. The material palette is deliberately restrained in an almost Japanese style.  Pebble, timber, cinder blocks give rawness to the project and make the greenery especially soft.



The black tiled swimming pool does not dominate as a bright blue interior might.  Instead it is restful and reflective sitting gently in the landscape. Oh yeah.


The spreading branches of the Chinese Elm provide a dense canopy of summer shade and then shed to reveal the winter light.



The simplicity of layout, minimalist plant selection and material palette creates a timeless garden that is both soft and contemporary.  (We do not take any responsibility for the addition of Cordylines…)