The landscaping has been finished and I am very grateful to our landscaping team who made it a very easy tansition. Our home has been transformed by the beautiful green, green grass and the lush green plants. It never ceases to amaze me how a little bit of greenery can completely change an area and create a lovely relaxing environment.
The Viburnum has been a perfect choice for the hedging along the eastern side fence and in our courtyard .The lush dark green leaves go perfectly with the tropical feel that we have created around the pool and this is followed through into the courtyard. The foliage and dark red flower of the Callistamon Little John are a good contrast here and the birds will love it when these are all flowering.
The courtyard is just as I imagined it to be – it has a calm and relaxed feel and you can’t help but feel any stress drift away while watching and listening to the water feature. I feel blessed to be able to practice yoga looking on to such a beautiful space.
Our specimen tree (Lagerstroemia – Crepe Myrtle) is a little bit bare at the moment but I don’t mind seeing the bare branches and then the contrast with the very green, fine Lomandra Tanika.
I am a fan of succulents and I am pleased that they were incorporated into our landscaping design. They have been used in the raised beds at our front entrance area to create a bit of contrast with colour and form. I like the touch of pebbles to throw a little bit of texture into the mix.
I was able to bring my two large bowls of succulents from our old home and these have been placed on the eastern raised bed wall to break it up a bit. We can see these bowls from inside the house through the long louvred windows. A little tip if you will be doing something similar is to make sure that you offset the bowls from the window (check from inside because if they are placed directly opposite you don’t see them until you are directly in front of the window). I hope this makes sense ☺
We have a good selection of native plants in the front garden which I think should cope with the south westerly salty winds. I am hoping the the Agonis Flexuosa and the Callistamon Kings park will attract lots of little birds into our garden.
Once again we have kept the palette pretty simple by mass planting and repition of plants and I think this has far more impact than using lots of different plants.
We are now looking forward to enjoying this beautiful garden space.