Creating garden zones
The owners of this suburban property in Heathmont, Victoria, wanted to improve the look and feel of the different areas around their home. Using a variety of plantings and features, three themes were created to: enhance the overall appearance of the property; provide coverage for unattractive fencing and fittings; and providing useful, decorative areas for the family to enjoy.
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The Planting Plan shows the steps taken to achieve the desired result.
A space to relax.
Making the most of the outside area, a deck was added along with Himalayan Birches and a Japanese Maple in the back corner of the property. This provides a space for the family to relax and enjoy time together. It creates a welcoming space to a previously dull area, which will improve as plantings establish and mature
As they enjoy the space, the family now have a more delightful view across the back of the property. A row of screen shrubs along the fence on the western boundary, will add to privacy as the trees grow. A forest of Himalayan Birches (Betula Utilis Jacquemontii) adjacent to the deck on the eastern boundary of the property. As they grow, their slender, white trunks will be on show using up-lighting at night.
A Japanese Maple (Acer Palmatum Senkaki or Coral Bark Maple) is featured in the corner of the property. Along the back fence, a more English theme is created using Camellia screening plants with Gardenias in and amongst the steppers. A Clivia plant which had been removed from the front yard, is now planted along the rear wall of the residence. This adds colour to the area and the two themes can be viewed from the large windows of the residence..
A Japanese Maple (Acer Palmatum Senkaki or Coral Bark Maple) is featured in the corner of the property. Along the back fence, a more English theme is created using Camellia screening plants with Gardenias in and amongst the steppers. A Clivia plant which had been removed from the front yard, is now planted along the rear wall of the residence. This adds colour to the area and the two themes can be viewed from the large windows of the residence.
(AFTER) Groundcover planting of Creeping White Thyme (Thymus Serphyllym Alba) has been planted between the hardwood timbers to create an aromatic carpet as the sun-loving plant forms a pure white carpet in summer. Wine half-barrels planted with a variety of greenery, compliment the rustic look of the hardwood timber feature.
The crazy paving along the western boundary, provides access to the clothes line from the rear of the garage and the laundry door and keeps the organic feel. A huge difference to an area that previously had a lack-lustre appearance
The view across the back of the home has been transformed into an interesting mix of foliage, textures and rustic colours replacing an area that was once dull and boring as seen from this photo of the area before the project began. Another area moves into more of an Australian Native theme where a raised garden bed along the back fence assists changes in ground levels. This creates interest and balance to the area given it is narrow and flat, and the residence is so tall.
In the corner we have installed some native Callistemon upright shrubs. These create a backdrop to the corner and will tolerate ‘wet feet’ as this is the lowest part of the garden and all water is directed here.
This corner also receives more afternoon sun than all other areas, so native plants work well. The three wine half-barrels contain a lemon tree, lime and herbs.