The owners of this Burraneer property in Sydney’s southern suburbs were put in contact with Adam McDonald from Impressions Landscape – Design when they were about to commence a substantial renovation to their old weatherboard house. Recently relocating from Melbourne to Sydney they were adamant they wanted to achieve something that was unique.
Being passionate garden lovers, the clients had completed the design process for the house and were eager to make a start on the brief for the garden. And together, with Impressions Landscape – Design, they concocted the perfect brief that encapsulated their unique personalities and provided a ‘two worlds’ approach to their front and rear garden designs.
Holidaying frequently in Bali, the clients had a deep affinity with the luxury, ambience and lushness of a Balinese resort aesthetic. The idea for the rear garden was to bring this Balinese holiday vibe into their daily lives at home. Impressions Landscape – Design are focused upon conceptualising and developing unique gardens that pay respect to the architecture of the house, so the connection between house and garden was extremely important. Many aspects of the design were implemented to act as an extension of the internal living areas.
The clients’ collectables were transformed into features and focal points throughout the garden. A weathered Balinese bird house was given a new lease on life, now nestled amongst the layered tropical plantings of the rear garden.
The requests from the clients for the front garden were vastly different from the rear. In an effort to tie in with the characteristics of the original house, an eclectic cottage garden theme was adopted. The objective for the front garden was to provide a harmonic yet defining garden, so that the street frontage would be welcoming to visitors and engage those that passed-by.
Access to the front door is gained via an informal path of organic bluestone steppers that have been softened by mixed ground covers. An eclectic mix of layered flowering natives and exotics were selected for their horticultural merits. Soft flowing curved edges divide the mixed plantings from a lush lawn upon which a tangled wire sculpture has been placed.
The overall success of this project is due to the fastidious installation by both the construction and horticultural teams of Impressions Landscape – Design. The seamless integration of both front and rear garden has been a wonderful success due to the accurate interpretation of the brief. It has seen the delivery of a unique and quirky garden, reflective of the beautiful eccentricities of the client, which has resulted in the garden of their dreams.
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