KINGSFORD GARDEN RENOVATION

After a renovation, rendering and painting of the house, this suburban property needed a cost-effective overhaul of the barren front garden.

Most properties in this type of situation have a front lawn, but with the changing climate and a view to reducing maintenance and creating something more contemporary, the owners were happy to go with our suggestion of a gravel garden.

Plants are staged and selected for their colour and sculptural potential, and a low native hedge adds a sense of enclosure and privacy without creating a barrier between the property and the neighbours. The geometric edging works with the simple horizontality of the house and provides continuity with the edging that we installed in the back garden.

Two trees – a Flowering Plum and a Crepe Myrtle – will add superb colour from the end of winter through to the end of summer. Three of our favourite plants, Megaskepasma erythroclamys (Brazilian Cloak), Tagetes lemmonii (Mexican Marigold) and Alyogyne huegelii (Native Hibiscus) are also included, planted from small stock courtesy of the Royal Botanical Gardens – surely these brilliant plants will become more common in Sydney!

Point Piper strata entrance garden

Sometimes a garden might have a striking collection of plants, but if they’re all in the wrong place then they just don’t serve their purpose. We were tasked with creating a new entrance garden for this large apartment block, and were given free reign to create a water-wise, low maintenance garden. Plants include the brilliant Convolvulus sabatius (Ground Morning Glory), Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Nafray’, Banksia spinulosa ‘Birthday Candles’ and the lovely ‘Big Red’ Kangaroo Paw.

Rose Bay lawn installation

Lawns can be a drain on a garden so it’s important to prepare properly, use quality materials and follow up with the right kind of care. The owner of this Rose Bay property was dismayed at what the previous contractors had done so we came in to do the job properly – quickly but not cheaply! – and months later the lawn is establishing nicely and continuing to improve.

Woolwich garden maintenance

Clipping, weeding and staking this fig-lined driveway (90+ trees) was a hell of a job, technically tricky but hugely satisfying!

Hunters Hill New Garden

We were tasked with creating a brand new garden bed for our client in Hunters Hill, on Sydney’s north shore. After cutting out the bed and replenishing the top soil, we were happy they agreed to a recycled brick edge (lovely bricks courtesy of https://www.thebrickpit.com.au ) which we cemented in. To finish, we had to fit timber retention beneath the rear fence to stop soil washing down the slope and over the cliff behind. Looking forward to updating this job when it’s planted out!

Point Piper Garden Renovation

This big communal garden in Point Piper (Sydney’s eastern suburbs) had been minimally maintained and rather neglected when we came in to look at renovating the existing planting and take over the maintenance. The brief required colour and interest, with hedges and low cost both a factor. We avoided the obvious Sydney planting: the old Murrayas, Viburnum and Lilly Pillies had to go. In their place we planted Hibiscus ’Tiny Tina’, Michelia coco and a top row of Callistemon viminalis ’Slim’ for the birds. We kept the lovely tree fern and underplanted that shady spot with Bergenias, Impatiens and Acanthus mollis. As groundcover in the lower bed we planted the ever-reliable Limonium perezii and a lovely native daisy that is still underused  Brachyscome multifida.

 

Bondi Garden Renovation

After an extensive renovation of the house, our clients in North Bondi needed new planting to match. The brief was very tricky: green and tropical-ish, but with a northerly, very exposed position and inflatable-friendly plants (no sharp edges!). We know from a property on the same street that Tiger Grass (Thysanolaena maxima) would do well here (and Bamboo was a pet hate), so we brought in rich compost to enable this. The challenge was then to create an environment where other less needy but full-sun tolerant plants would survive. The rear bed against the fence is only 400mm wide so ongoing maintenance will be needed to keep access to the back of the pool and stop the bed getting too overgrown. The newly painted fence really helps the greens pop. At the front of the house was a patch of sand which we brought to life with new soil and a host of good-old shade-tolerant and tough Aspidistra elatior.

Glebe Strata Gardens Maintenance

Yes – we do garden maintenance too! Private gardens and strata gardens throughout the Sydney metro area. Pictures below are of a large complex garden in Glebe.

 

Eastern Suburbs Garden Maintenance

Always a pleasure to maintain this beautiful property in Vaucluse. One of our favourites, that formal style of hedging works so much better when it is suited to the architecture.

 

Vaucluse water feature renovation

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.