I think I will start off by saying there will more than likely be a part 3 and 4 to the landscaping posts as it seems to be continually evolving which I suppose is exactly what gardens do!
It feels like a very long time ago since I wrote my last post on landscaping and I seemed to have gone round and round in circles looking at plants and trying to find a design that we were happy with. We also had a problem finding a contractor that we felt comfortable with but I am pleased to report we did find a landscaping company and the landscaping has just started! I have mentioned before that my better half is very keen on using people that are very hands on and could oversee the project from design through to construction. The team at Landscapes WA have worked closely with us on the design and been able to draw up a plan that meets our wants and needs. We have also met on site with them to go through the design plan and timing. We have been extremely happy with their practical approach and found them very easy to communicate with.
Our Colourbond side fence has been installed. A little bit more expensive than we had at first anticipated because some extra retaining had to be installed due to the different levels on the blocks. It looks a whole lot better than the old wooden one!
We would like a low maintenance garden and something that will grow and thrive in Perth (West Australian) coastal conditions and provide some food and shelter for the birds in our area. We currently have lots of natives in the garden and several large New Zealand Christmas trees which the birds love so I am really hoping we can attract some to our new place.
We are still reviewing some of the plant selections but the general layout is set in concrete – literally! I do love the fact that we get an opportunity to go and choose our plants with Nic at the various nurseries.
We have several different ‘rooms’ in our garden and we hope to create a different feel in each one as they all serve a different purpose.
Our courtyard is a good size and we like the idea of being able to use this space so a priority for us was to create privacy in this area.
We have a yoga room which opens out into this space so the idea of a tranquil lush setting is very appealing to me. Our study also has a window facing the courtyard.The plan shows a hedge along the courtyard walls and this will probably be Viburnum which has lovely lush green leaves, grows quickly and is pretty hardy.
I am still in a quandary about what to plant in front of (and lower than) this, had thought about Callistoman Little Tom but I am also thinking of some leafy palnts such as the lomandras, dianellas or liriopes.
There will be a central water feature to create that tranquil setting and this will come from Watergardens in Osborne Park.
We have a wooden screen going up on the right hand side – this will screen the unrendered boundry wall and also give us a bit more privacy. One of my favourite plants will grow up this screening – chinese star jasmine and I love the idea of jasmine perfume wafting though into the yoga room. We have opted for grass here as we don’t have a huge amount of grass in our garden and think it will help create that lush feeling. The second area is the eastern side of the house where we will have paving along the ground and have a low limestone wall for a small herb bed or similar. Towards the kitchen area on the eastern boundary fence we will have our vertical garden (I think this deserves a blog all of it’s own!) The fence will be painted a dark grey, and with the foliage planted in front of it along the raised beds will (hopefully!) recede and basically not be noticeable.
This hedge of syzygium should screen the fence completely. There is also an area of grass here for our doggies and kiddies and a game of softball cricket!!
The next ‘room’ is our pool area and this is surrounded by rendered raised garden beds – again we would like to get a lot of greenery in the area to cover up walls and fences. We have a selection of leafy plants such as lomandra and clivea being underplanted with Magnolia little gem – I am a little bit concerned about the maganolia little gem as think they might get too big so still searching for other options. We wanted plants that would not/barely need pruning and not drop leaves etc into the pool. I am also intending on putting some large ‘wok’ style bowls of succulents around the pool to add a bit of interest and break up the walls.
We have a second courtyard ‘room’ outside of our bedroom – at present we plan to have some magnolias and two espalier lemons growing up the wooden screen which will hide the Colourbond shed. I think we may add a bird bath (one we bought many years ago in Margaret River which has got sentimental value but unfortunately for the removalists weighs a ton!) There will also be a wooden seat box to put the pool blanket in and so we are all ready starting to run out of space!. A hot and cold shower is on the northern pier so the grass will get a splash when we rinse off!.
Our front verge will be partially (about 50%) paved (my better half was very keen on this and I took quite a bit of persuading). We are hoping to have two advanced trees here and native grasses and groundcovers on the unpaved portion of the verge. We also have callistemon kings park special and grasses along a border on the western side of the driveway.
I am looking forward to having some greenery around inatead of all the sand which seems to get everywhere. We love our current garden and it is a place where we spend a lot of time so I am really hoping we can create a beautiful garden at our new home.
Love this style of planting and hope to achieve – in time – something similar.