As a designer, I don't want to be pigeon-holed into one particular look as being 'my style'. Certainly, I have styles I prefer, but my number one priority is to express the personality of the client. I have had a lovely time this year designing completely different styles of garden for several clients. This one is one of my favourites. Can't wait to see it develop.
The owners didn't want any flowers, basically, and if there had to be flowers, they must be white. Mostly to be native NZ plants. Okay - very different from my latest designs, but so much fun to design! It is more of a challenge to create interest and variety without flowers, that is for sure, but I think the end result is just great. Plant forms, and leaf colour and texture contrasts are features of the planting. Lots more hard landscaping (walls and planter boxes) than I usually use (based on my clients' brief), so the plants were important to counter these built structures. Working within some strong ideas from my client, I think we came up with something really really great. Primarily designed for entertaining, but with an open lawn out the back for children to kick a ball around.
As with all gardens - this will only get better with time, as trees form trunks to differentiate from the shrubs around them, adding layers/tiers and shade to the garden landscape.
|During construction and planting.|
|Out the front, about 5 months later|
|Gorgeous sculpture/focal point adds another |
element to the garden. The owners chose
this - it has fairy lights inside it.
|A mix of trees for foliage interest - Magnolia grandiflora, Pseudopanex |
arboreous (five-finger), and Michelia yunnanensis. I love mixing these
exotics with the NZ native trees.
|Before long the pebble mulch will be hidden under the textured ground covers.|
|Planter box freshly planted|
|Ligularia renformis and Dianella nigra in the planter box|
|Shadows are so important to soften hard surfaces|
|An open lawn for children to play|