The aim of this project was to design a garden that was drought tolerant and low maintenance so the owners could enjoy the space rather than taking care of it. One of the biggest challenges of this project was the odd shape of the backyard. This was overcome via creating different areas but also tying them together via using a range of materials that blended well together. The hard landscaping included a large decking area, raised garden bed built out of Merbau timber. A focal point of the design was the random placement of the bluestone step stone paving surrounding the house that. A high grade natural stone paver was used. The pattern of the paving was meticulously planned to counteract the different levels on the site. To add interest to the paving, three different sizes of pavers were used including 600mm x 600mm, 400mm x 400mm and 400mm x 200mm. A combination of gravel and large decorate rocks and stones were used to compliment the paving. There was significant drainage problem on the site, with water entering the property via neighboring properties. To reduce water accumulating around the house the installation of sub surface drainage as well as a range of drainage pits and grated trench drains were installed.
A planting scheme was implemented to compliment the house and enhance the hard landscaping. A range of succulent and grass plants were randomly planted in the gravel with a row of Pyrus spp., planted in the raised garden bed. The primary planting included Strelitzia reginae Bird of Paradise, Agave attenuate Century Plant, Cordyline spp., Pennisetum setaceum rubrum Purple Fountain Grass, Acacia cognata Dazzler and Ophiopogon japonicus Tall Mondo Grass.