To revamp the front of this single period home, a simple but compact garden design was implemented. The bluestone paving and planting scheme were the key features of the garden.
The key objectives of this project were to create a welcoming and low maintenance garden as well as complimenting the single front period home. To achieve this, the existing curved red brick path was removed and extensive excavation was performed to create a two tiered site rather than a one level sloping site. The most striking element of the garden is the large 1000mm x 500mm high quality natural Bluestone pavers (midnight). To complement the paving and show off the garden at night a full outdoor garden lighting system was implemented. Particular emphasis of the design included the stainless steel lights integrated into the natural stone pavers which sit flush with the top of the paving guiding the way up from the front gate to patio area.
The present trends in Landscaping Melbourne have a strong emphasis on hard landscaping. However with this design, garden areas are defined via strategically placed and well maintained plants rather than hard structures. This creates an easy flow and feeling of space which was critical for this project. A simple but elegant planting palette was implemented into this small space. Plants incorporated into the design were established planting stock of Camellia sasanqua Paradise Helen for either side of main path. The planting scheme for the remaining of the gardens included hedge planting of Viburnum odaratissimum Sweet Viburnum and understorey planting of ornamental plants such as Gardenia augusta ‘Radicans’ Gardenia and Trachelospermum jasminoides Chinese Star Jasmine and mass planting of Ophiopogon japonicus nanus Dwarf Mondo Grass in between step stone paving.
Some key sustainable element of the design includes the drip irrigation system. The system is fully automated with a rain sensor which waters the entire front and back gardens efficiently, while the addition of compost and mulch promotes water retention.