At one of our favourite Vaucluse properties, with a garden that’s a pleasure to maintain, this old water feature was defunct and unwanted. Considering the access, removing the remaining pebblecrete bowl would be crazy and expensive, so instead our client asked us to somehow fill and plant it out – a great idea!

To complicate the task, the basin sits at the bottom of a channel running from the bottom of the cliffs above, and installing drainage wasn’t in the scope. After a bit of research we found some Lomandras that can handle having wet feet, and after 9 man hours moving a cubic metre of soil from the street below, we were pretty happy with the results.

Let’s hope we can get some perennials in to finish it off for spring.