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see the white sandy soil of the existing
garden, nor was I surprised to find a four-
metre sand dune sloping towards the
south-western back corner of the block.
A series of crude walls retained the soil
close to the boundary, but otherwise the
sand dune dominated the site in the most
menacing manner, threatening to slide
towards the house and run downhill in a
northerly, as well as easterly direction. is
steep slope running in two directions makes
the site one of the most challenging gardens
I have ever designed. At the back of the
property, a 50-metre Norfolk Island pine...
retains and binds the sand around it for a
good six-metre radius from the trunk.
e clients were hoping to include some
major components, so their garden was to
require terracing retained by engineer-
designed walls. Screening from neighbours
on the western hill was a priority, as were
the protection of the water views to the east
and north, some level lawn, a swimming
pool and a generous entertaining area.
"For me, this multi-level garden overlooking the sea has a 'sunny disposition'.
Layers of vibrantly coloured or deeply textured foliage -- the theme that ties
this garden together -- provide a fresh effect that warms my soul."
The banquette makes the entire courtyard feel generous and
unified, despite the interruption of the steps. On the practical
side, ample seating was required for large gatherings.
"The small front garden is a much simpler a air," says Peter.
"I wanted to dress up the entry, so people immediately felt
welcome... I designed a rectangular pillar on the western boundary
to prevent the path from becoming a gun barrel and to give some
sense of seclusion. A lower blade wall on the other side of the path
helps to define the entry and guide people towards the front door.
The pillar also contains a letterbox, street number and light, while
the charcoal limestone pavers stretch from the street to the back
garden, connecting both areas."
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