Lisa Ellis: Red, White and Blue Garden

Lisa Ellis is an instantly likeable human being. She is wonderfully honest and intensely engaging. But, aside from her admirable personality traits, Lisa has a knack. It is her foresight in plant placement that focusses upon texture and colour that is simply beautiful.

Having recently been crowned with a ‘Best in Show’ title from the Melbourne International Flower and Garden (in collaboration with Mark Browning from Cycas Design), Lisa remains humble in her pursuit of designing and nurturing gardens for clients. Her and her team at Lisa Ellis Gardens create elegant and enduring spaces without following a “particular look or style but choose to work with different materials and plants in different settings for best effect.”

Lisa Ellis Gardens designed this garden for some regular clients – it is in fact the second garden that they have designed and constructed for them.  They worked on a concept plan in 2011, but it wasn’t until October 2013 that they finally planted out the garden. The garden now looks at least 5 years old which is a testament to the talents and hard work of the horticulturists that are part of the Lisa Ellis team.

1143Bluestone has been used throughout the garden – a material that Lisa “loves to pieces.”  It has worked very well in this garden complimenting the period and architecture of the contemporary home.

1134“I love to create themes for garden and for clients” says Lisa. ‘Our clients had the old Victorian completely renovated and they have a strong affection for the colour red.  The red themed kitchen looks out onto the rear garden which has a number of red foliage and red flowering plants. The front garden is blue and white.”

1163Many of Lisa’s favourite plants have been used in the garden including “Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Snowflake’ for their beautiful double petalled flowers; Sarcococca ruscifolia – sweet box is such an underutilised plant that can handle shade and sun and be maintained in different ways.  Ceratostigma wilmithii also features boldly as does good old fashioned Stachys ‘Big Ears’.” Lisa believes that “There’s something quite alluring about the texture of plants and this old fashioned one should be specified more often!”

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