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Garden profile | In full bloom
The Secret Garden is in full bloom,
encircled by a peppermint forest
at the lip of Wilyabrup Brook,
on Margaret River’s Brookland Valley
Estate. Set against a backdrop of sweeping
lawns, organic bush and soothing water
features it’s a visual spectacle of complex
horticultural layers. Romantic heritage
roses with soft, unfurling blooms make
neighbours of sentinel blue iris and
clematis, which scrambles up the arbours.
Wisteria blossoms in early spring and gives
way to hydrangea as the summer sets in.
Designed by leading landscape architect
Paul Bangay and owner Patricia Poynton,
the garden is populated by the plants she is
most passionate about.
“Patricia and I planned a high-
maintenance garden because she
is absorbed in the whole process of
gardening,” explains designer Paul.
“Her primary request was for a series of
rose gardens under-planted with irises.
She is mad about both.”
Patricia’s second request was to use in
the design two huge, ribbed terracotta oil
jars she owned. “We purchased a third oil
jar to link the two parts of the garden and
set it against the lilly pilly hedge at the end
of the walk,” Paul says.
Paul designed a long waterlily pond
at the centre of the main courtyard,
positioned a little higher than its outline
of box hedging so it appears to float. “The
oil jars have been placed on semi-circular
ledges at either end,” explains Paul.
“The only other ornaments in the main
courtyard are four tall, over-scaled metal
obelisks topped with a ball covered with
The garden is a sensory experience of
forms, scents and colours bestowed by the
variant blooms that paint a new portrait
each season. Intense red and pink roses
offer a tropical appeal that enhances
the romantic effect of wisteria-adorned
colonnades and an arbour, awash with
climbing roses and star jasmine. Two metal
arches astride the pathway form rose-
draped tunnels, each about three metres
high and wide. “At night the oil jars, some
of the columns and the edges of the crab
apple walk are uplit, as are the steps for
safety,” Paul explains. “I don’t believe
you should go overboard with lighting in
a country garden. It doesn’t need to be lit
up like a Christmas tree. Rather, lighting
should heighten our awareness of night in
the country - of deep darkness pricked by
pinpoints of light.”
“The strong pink blossoms of the crab apple
bloom at the same time as the roses and both
stay in flower for a long time”
02 A walk of oversized pavers in local gravel is highlighted by
the strong pink blooms of the crab apple trees that line it.
03 Huge, ribbed terracotta jars by the waterlily pond provide
one of the garden’s most eye-catching features.
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