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those living with breast cancer and designed
to be soft, beautiful, inspiring and tranquil.
Ceri and Monica say many of the gardens
in Perth look the same and people often
don’t make the best use of the space.
The show gave them a chance to do
something different although the space
was only 10x10m. “You can fit a few ‘rooms’
in if you use space well,” says Monica.
The ‘rooms’ included a dining area, places
to sit and places to lie down, and there
was beautiful colour all around. There was
something for the guys, too – the men at the
show loved the big, ma nly barbecue.
The focal point was the eye-catching
outdoor heater, which had a Moroccan
look. Its bright-pink backing made of
weatherproof plasterboard was covered
with steel in a swirl pattern based on a vase.
Other features were a sofa near the heater
with soft green lawn underfoot, a swinging
daybed under a pretty canopy, an ‘ottoman’
to lounge on, made of synthetic turf, and a
water feature in an organic shape, with a
ripple around the outside for effect.
Ceri and Monica say flowers have
disappeared from garden design - but
they’re bringing them back. They say many
people think they need strappy foliage
to save water and time, whereas many
flowering plants suit our climate well, as
long as they’re tough enough to survive our
summer and able to make use of winter rain.
In the Pink featured a raised garden bed
with walls to sit on. It was filled with liriope
A DREAMY DAYBED MAKES THE PERFECT SPOT TO RELAX
One of the central features of the garden was the swinging daybed, suspended by chains under a canopy. It was
designed to be a relaxing place where someone recovering from an illness, such as breast cancer, could rest and
enjoy the peace of the garden. The steel canopy under which it swung matched the one on the heater and provided
dappled light. The backing wall was made of weatherproof plasterboard, rendered and painted with limewash.
Round mirrors were placed on the wall. “They reflect the garden and having mirrors creates light in a dark space,”
Monica says. “ The limewash paints we use are all organic and don’t
release toxins.” Pret ty pink mandevilla climbed chains on either side
of the daybed, creating a sense of privacy and adding colour. “ The
water feature was placed next to the daybed to be relaxing and
calming, and to mask the noise of the neigbourhood,” says Ceri.
“The water feature was
placed next to the daybed
to be relaxing and calming,
and to mask the noise of
and pink mandevilla, a climbing jasmine
that can also be a ground cover. A dwarf
magnolia took pride of place in the middle.
Trees were used to screen off the area,
including an old favourite, the lemon tree.
They used several in standardised sizes and
pruned them to grow as a pleached hedge.
“You still get lemons and... a beautiful
fragrance from the blossom,” says Ceri.
“They’re just so useable - a really great
evergreen tree,” Monica adds.
Plum trees of the Crimson Spire type –
thin ornamental trees – formed a screen on
the perimeter. Six ornamental pear trees
planted in concrete soakwells helped create a
barrier and form an entrance avenue. White
iceberg roses, which spilled over the edge,
were planted underneath.
“The iceberg’s the toughest rose and great for
anyone who doesn’t know about roses,” says
Ceri, and Monica adds that the roses grow well
in our climate. Under the soakwells and
CLOCKWISE from below The wate r featu re crea tes a soothing
sound; the beautiful daybed sits under a carved steel canopy; the
central flower bed is filled with mandevilla and liriope.
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