Needing a cool and tranquil backyard area to inhabit in the course of the Summer time months, our Balwyn shoppers got here to us on the lookout for a redesign of their rear and entrance gardens to attain simply that. With an current formal layered planting scheme in place, inherited from a earlier proprietor, we wished to make sure the brand new panorama design stayed true to this aesthetic and built-in seamlessly.
For the rear backyard design, our shoppers have been chasing an out of doors space that was undoubtedly lovely to take a look at from inside the home however would entice folks out. With a love of being outdoors within the hotter climate our shoppers actually wished an area the place they may sit informally as a household beneath the shade of the 2 massive mature Elm bushes. Their key request was for the Elms to be retained and the panorama to stay a relaxed and peaceable area.
As well as our shoppers wished to introduce some softness to the backyard design by incorporating flowering crops into the planting palette, while maintaining to the general formal and conventional fashion.
To create a view from the lounge room that might be a showstopper, we designed a spectacular water function, which grew to become the main target of the backyard. The function consists of a 290mm deep rectangular black tiled pond constructed on a 100mm strengthened concrete base with masonry block partitions, and completed with a refined black granite exterior. Three white porcelain bowls sit atop the floor of the pond, creating the phantasm they’re floating. Water flows out of the bowls into the pond, after which once more over the sting of the pond and right into a hidden reservoir under.
When the water function is operating, the sound of vastly cascading water and the stunning ripples created on the water continues to be, the pond is extremely reflective, resembling black glass and offering a mirror picture of the bowls, the sky and the magnificent bushes above.
Surrounding the pond is a hedge of clipped Buxus sempervirens (English Field), which encase backyard beds to the fitting of and reverse the water function. The manicured hedging reinforces the formal fashion of the area and ties in with the present backyard, making certain a constant look.
A small current deck was eliminated and changed with bluestone paving with brick inserts designed to match and prolong seamlessly from the present paving within the aspect backyard. A paving step was additionally added between the lounge room entrance and the backyard as a way to present a extra built-in and accessible transition between the backyard and the home.
Fulfilling our shoppers needs, an intimate seating space designed to suit 3-Four folks was positioned to the left of the water function and straight beneath one of many massive Elm bushes, making it a cooling spot to sit down and loosen up in summer time. The seating space is out of view from inside the home, so it doesn’t detract from the visible affect of the water function, however is shut sufficient that the peaceable environment created by the operating water can nonetheless be loved.
When it got here to planting, we launched a mixture of lush, leafy and flowering crops to melt the area. In doing this, cautious consideration was given to selecting crops that might complement and improve the present formal planting scheme, moderately than work in opposition to it.
Three Cercis canadensis (Forest Pansy) bushes have been positioned in several backyard beds as anchor factors, creating stability and concord in our backyard design. When in leaf, these bushes add lovely color and texture to the backyard, and so they produce gorgeous pink blossoms in early spring. In winter they add structured qualities of the backyard.
The backyard beds include a mix of flowering crops together with Helleborus x hybridus (Winter Rose), Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea), Arthropodium ‘Te Puna’ (Dwarf New Zealand Rock Lily), Liriope muscari ‘Royal Purple’ and Clivia miniata (Kaffir Lily).
Within the rear backyard mattress, Buxus spheres of various sizes have been positioned in amongst the softer planting, and in entrance of the pre-existing pleached Ficus hillii hedge so as to add construction and create sculptural curiosity. The Buxus spheres additionally tie in with the entrance and aspect backyard areas, echoing the form of the present normal Figs and newly planted Buxus spheres in pots.
Simply as our shoppers had envisioned on the outset of the backyard design mission, we’ve created a gorgeous and peaceable area that’s nonetheless in line with the normal, structured fashion of the present house and backyard. The backyard is extremely useful, flows brilliantly and affords ample planting to melt the hardscape. We consider the general result’s a rigorously thought-about, cohesive area that has some severe wow issue.