The client’s brief was quite simple. They required a landscape that would fit with the renovation, utilising materials complimentary to the classic charm of the Edwardian style of the home.
Landscape Design Concept
Surrey Hills VIC
Landscape Construction & Maintenance
The home required a massive restoration internally, as well as a 22sq extension and outdoor entertaining area to be added to the property.
As the façade of the existing home was restored first, the Nature’s Best crew was able to design and construct the front yard before the extension commenced.
As the existing front yard was sloping and uneven, the first challenge was to level the area around the entrance. Nature’s Best have their own earth moving equipment and were able to build retaining walls at the driveway end to overcome this issue. This provided them the opportunity for a new set of steps leading from the driveway to the front door, and a new pedestrian entrance from the street.
As the owners wanted to be able to sit on their front porch for breakfast and enjoy the morning sun, privacy was a key requirement. Therefore, the idea of a water feature was introduced.
As the natural fall of the land runs across the property, Erin came up with the idea of a raised feature pond, where water would bubble up and flow across a stone spillway. The water runs over several of these spillways, culminating in a sunken pond next to the driveway. Polished black pebbles were hand laid into the creek bed to give a rippling effect to the running water.
Honed bluestone was chosen as a paving material, as this stone best complimented both the style of the home and the ‘woodland grey’ colorbond roofline. All paling fences and walls were painted in Dulux ‘Namadji’ to enable the plants and flowers to stand out against the dark background.
Erin’s horticultural background helped ensure the correct plants were chosen to compliment both the age of the home and the garden’s style. Acer Senkaki Maples were used as the main feature trees throughout the garden, with Ornamental Pears used on the boundaries. Buxus sempervirens domes and mini Mondo grasses frame the sides of the creek bed to create the illusion of a longer garden.
Low voltage lighting was used throughout the ponds and creek bed to pick up the movement of the water in the evening.