Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 25 Winter 2010 Contents and outdoors. e exception is the granite
ball, which has a feminine feel, she says,
adding that "spheres have a calming feel".
e driveway, in a light-toned exposed
aggregate concrete mix, has a dark cobbled
strip running across it for interest. en, big,
light-coloured granite steppers, interspersed
with several darker ones, lead towards
cantilevered granite stairs that give a floating
feel as they rise to a landing outside the door.
Plants were chosen for their low-
maintenance qualities, their ability to do
well over time and because they looked good
instantly, with several trees being mature
transplants. Plantings include velvet buffalo
lawn, hardy olive trees, the hedge plant
Fuji fire, two-toned variegated flax lily and
a spiky dragon tree by the stairs. e street
trees, which had to be approved by the local
council, are Indian coral and snow pear.
One of the highlights is the stunning
outdoor entertaining area at the rear,
which incorporates a shimmering lap pool
within a frameless glass fence and a built-in
honed exposed aggregate dining table with
barbecue incorporated at one end.
Rob Crawford, from Webb & Brown-
Neaves, says the concrete table is fantastic for
entertaining. "You can sit around the table
and have a glass of wine while someone
flips the prawns," he says.
Overhead is an open pergola with
stainless steel wires -- a purple wisteria has
been planted to grow across it. Wisteria is
deciduous, Martine explains, providing
shade in summer and sunshine in winter,
plus it means this area can be seen from the
upstairs living area, creating a link.
A frangipani on a small raised section
at the back also forms part of the view and
spiky yucca plants sit in a row in a narrow
planter box by the pool. e decking here
joins a floor of white granite across which
a beautiful finger tile with coppery tones
creates a line from the back door.
A line of these tiles also runs partially up the
wall on either side of the wooden seating in a
recess at the back, continuing the look. Another
line echoing the form is the pool water feature
-- water cascades down a galvanised steel
pre-fabricated section used in construction.
"We applied a coating and modified it and it
adds interest to the pool," Martine says. e
perfect finish to an appealing space. I
Tim Davies Landscaping (08) 9441 0200,
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An Indian coral tree and the feature granite sphere create
a striking reflection in the pond. TOP RIGHT Balinese
riverstone frames the edge. BOTTOM RIGHT The
dragon tree mirrors the strong lines of the home.
IN THE GROUND
TDL's soft landscaping selection
• Fuji fire Has a good colour and makes a nice hedge,
but doesn't tolerate a very sunny position.
• Variegated flax lily A good border plant with
two-toned leaves to provide contrast and interest.
• Purple wisteria Pretty with a subtle colour, deciduous
and grows very quickly.
• Frangipani Eye-catching, but they take a long time
to grow, so a mature transplant is recommended.
• Yuccas Have a sculptural quality, are very hardy and
are a quick way to add interest to a space (spiky, so
not recommended for walkways).
• Olive trees Attractive, silvery-grey foliage.
• Velvet bu alo lawn Soft on feet and not invasive
to garden beds.
• Dragon tree Hardy and dramatic.
• Indian coral tree Deciduous and with beautiful
red flowers in spring.
• Snow pear tree Has a predictable shape, so a few
of them can look good in a row.
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