This garden is located in Coogee, Sydney and designed by Landscape Designer and Contributor Will Dangar, in association with the Architect, Dennis Rabinowitz and the client. The entire project was custom designed and hand crafted with incredible attention to detail.
The house and garden are positioned on top of a cliff, perched above the ocean facing north east. The property is exposed to front line salt and wind so the garden was designed these conditions front of mind. The frame work for the hardscaping was created using large boulders to retain the steep slope with recycled Hardwood slabs providing a rustic stairway from the cliff to the house.
Lomandra ‘Tanika’, Casuarina ‘Cousin It’, Aloe ‘Big Red’ and Fucraea foetida have been planted in drifts around this section of the garden.
Further up the slope toward the house, the pool area required privacy, which was achieved using Banksia integrifolia, Leptospermum flavescens and Cupaniopsis.
Over time, as the garden matured and became more protected and intimate, additional tropical plants such as Bromeliads, Kentia palms, Gardenia and Philodendron were added, combined with several large Ficus rubiginosa and Plumeria.
Despite the extreme site conditions, with the clever use of the textural layering of hardy coastal planting, the garden seems to thrive all year round, even under the duress of regular southerly storms.