Portfolio: Garden Design Ashfield

This garden was in the making for only a few days, the plants went in on a very hot day last week but overall it felt very streamlined and easy to build and I have surprised even myself with the transformation! In the image below you can see what it looked like in November…

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The clients brief was for a minimalist garden with a naturalistic feel, she did not want it over planted, but wanted to see the shapes and forms of the plants, she also wanted grass trees and grasses. In her words:

“I’d like to include (minimalist) plantings of banksia trees, grasstrees, and bottle brush with compacted earth/fine crushed stone to avoid any turf.”

A dream job for me ūüėČ

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I retained 3 of the existing Callistemon ‘Little John’ seen on the left in the image above, they have interesting shapes and were flowering profusely so I gave them 3 friends.

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The plants are all planted at a fair distance apart so that it will not appear cluttered and no pruning will be necessary, as I used compact varieties like Banksia ‘Coastal Cushions’, Chrysocephalum ‘Pearly Buttons’ and Lomandra ‘Little Lime’.

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I have used three¬†Eucalyptus wimmerensis ‘Tuckertime HoneyPots’ as small feature mallee style trees. These will create a light canopy over 30% of the garden. The garden is west facing and at the top of a hill so is quite hot and exposed to wind.

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The sandstone boulders give some height and interest in the garden as it is a very flat and empty space, as the shrubs grow up into their mounding habits they will contrast with the sandstone nicely.

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Of course the grass trees are the main feature, we were so lucky to find them, for some reason there seems to be a lack of interesting Xanthorrhoea on the market at the moment. The client wanted grass trees with character, which is how I like them also. As we couldn’t locate any double headers we ended up getting two pots where there were two trunks fused at the base, I am happy with these especially with the granite laid between the bases t show off their colour.

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The big guy near the front door is named ‘Etienne’ and even came with a perfect blood bubble, which fascinates me.

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The clients love their new garden, they too can see beyond the first impression of a ‘desert-scape’ and are enjoying being the odd ones out on the street.

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