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South Coogee | Coastal chill
add further drama and infuse colour, red
canna lilies have been planted in small
clumps – along with Heliconia Kawauchi
and a yellow abutilon to soften the timber
screening. A yucca that was retained from
the old planting also features.
The large leaves of the Colocasia esulenta
Black Magic connect with the dark pool
paving that extends to the garden beds.
“The leaves die back throughout winter
and fill the space with such strength
throughout summer, giving this garden the
seasonal elements of change,” says Simon.
A crisp rectangular grass zone running
parallel to the pool offers the luxury of
lawn. “We cut in three small garden beds
to soften the pool fence and view lines of
the surrounding buildings, planting them
with Papyrus sp. grass and Buxus japonica,”
says Simon. “The Buxus provides the rigid
shape needed to divide the conventional
lawn, while the tall Papyrus sp. grass sways
above, giving movement to an otherwise
still geometric shape.”
The owners say the garden complements
the architecture as if the two were
designed to marry from the beginning.
Coming in to summer, they have noted the
beautiful outdoor ambience and are putting
their new entertaining zone to good use.
The addition of the pool has allowed for
the project to really shine. “It sits within
a lush garden and feels as if it was meant
to be there,” Simon says. “This design has
given its owners a relaxed, sculptural and
private outdoor living retreat.”
Simon Lloyd from Pepo Botanic Design
talks about outdoor trends.
Favourite eleme nt in this project?
The Nile grass planted into the lawn .
It adds a sculptu ral feeling to the space
adjacent the pool and takes your focus
away from the pool fence.
Art in the garden seems to be on-trend...
We’re certainly advocates of the garden
sculpture, though it takes experience and
knowledge to select unique and beautiful
piece and work it into a design. My fellow
director Nicola Cameron has a degree and
background in visual arts, and works with a
collection of talented Australian sculptors to
select garden artwork to enhance a space.
What’re your thoughts on edible gardens
for urban dwellers?
People are increasingly growing their ow n
healthy plants and cooking with them. Our
design-and-install team actually includes
a n award-win ning chef, Ja mes Perkin , so he
would encourage everyone have one! He
loves sha ring his k nowledge and recipes,
should you need any.
CONTACTS Jason Blake jbarch.com.au (architect)
Gardens at Night gan.com.au (lighting) Pepo Botanic
Design pepo.com.au (landscape architect) Premier Pools
dominated by yuccas, dracenas and
succulents, no longer seemed appropriate,”
explains Simon. “The garden beds
surrounding the pool are now filled with
lush sub-tropical planting.”
The area along the boundary
wall is defined by Archontophoenix
cunninghamiana, which creates height
and is under-planted by a collection of
Astelia chathamica Silver Spear, Gardenia
augusta Magnifica, Neomerica gracilis and
Spilling over the white walls is Dicondira
Silver Waves, which has also formed a
ground cover in some sections, offering a
contrast to the various shades of green. To
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