Portfolio: Norah Head Consult

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A couple of years ago I made a trip to the central coast to Norah Head for a garden consult. I was intrigued by the description of the garden, which runs alongside a small patch of native bushland and curious to meet the client who has been looking after the restoration of the bushland but had become a bit unstuck about what to do with her own adjacent garden.

Sandstone logs have been installed to simplify a messy dark corner of the house which had problematic drainage.

We spent the day sketching out each area of her large garden in a fair amount of detail and I left her 7 hours later with lots of pieces of paper full of mud maps! Many people would have become overwhelmed at the task at hand but this special person was inspired and got stuck straight into it 😉

Today she sent me several images of her front garden which wraps around the side of the house and I am simply blown away at the wonderful progress she is making.

The garden bed running alongside the entrance driveway has been turned into a rockery with dense planting of Lomandra, Poa, Baeckea virgata, Eremophila ‘Nivea’ and Westringia ‘Smokey’.

A stone pathway leads to the shared gardena nd access to the bush behind.

The garden is full of texture and colour and it is evident how much attention and love has gone into it, it really is inspiring to see so much progress 👏 I can’t wait to see how she turns her hand to the other parts of her garden.


7 responses to “Portfolio: Norah Head Consult”

  1. Nicholas

    Hello. How did you treat the posts? Are they stained or have you charred them?

    BTW this is lovely space you have created.

  2. Rosi

    The posts are ‘painted’ with Diggers Eco Inground Timber Protecta (a organic certified creosote alternative) we used it to protect all the railway sleeper posts that are in other parts of garden and decided to try it for this alternative purpose, purely for visual effect.

  3. Loretta

    May I ask what tree you have used here please?
    I have garden envy!!!

    1. Kath Gadd

      The large tree on the left is Stenocarpus sinuatus or the ‘Firewheel Tree’ and the smaller one on the left is a Xanthostemon chrysanthus or ‘Golden Pender.

      Happy Gardening,


  4. Marie

    Are you interested in doing a garden makeover In Jervis Bay?? The bones are already here…at least 20 blackboys on site and the house has been built around the natives..

    1. Kath Gadd

      Hi Marie,

      At present the Covid restrictions only allow me to do client contactless site visits and I also have home schooling commitments.
      I am hoping to be able to attend visit sites with clients in November after students return to school.

      Best Wishes,


    2. Kath Gadd

      Hi Marie,

      Please fill out the contact form here and we will be in touch: http://malleedesign.com.au/contact-us/

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