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the stones while keeping them balanced
The contrast of the hard edges and
organic shapes is also felt in the sweeping
copper sculpture, created by artist Mark
McClelland and set in a corner of the
garden. Visible from multiple vantage
points both inside and outside the home,
the piece was designed to break up the
strong lines of the double-storey house.
Set amongst a stra ightforward plant
palette, the copper installation fills the
space with a perception of strength,
movement a nd light. With the edges of
the metal stripped back, the shine of the
surface adds a textural depth that plays
well against its lush setting.
The variety of foliage was kept simple
in both appearance and maintenance –
while lending a charm that complements
the architecture of the house and the
pavers. Low-growing Buxus ‘Green
Mound’ provides volume and will retain
its naturally rounded shape, even when
untrimmed. Interspersed among the
clumps of Buxus are the long, broad leaves
and flowering stems of Ophiopogon jaburan,
which also provides yea r-round greenery
with minimal maintenance. Glossy green
magnolia leaves (Magnolia grandiflora
‘Little Gem’), and their signature rusty
undersides, contrast against the a rtwork.
Bowls of bold red Impatiens and Anthurium
will bloom year-round and instill perennial
“They needed it to be practical and low-maintenance,
since they are both busy professionals and not gardeners.”
Nicola Cameron from Pepo Botanic Design
talks about the project and shares her tips
for designing a garden with limited space.
What’s your favourite feature of this project?
The concrete ‘blobs’; I was surprised we would
love them as much as we do! They each have
a personality of their own. Also Mark’s sculpture:
although it has great strength, it moves. Plus,
there is nothing more rewarding than working
with an artist from concept to installation.
Do you have any tips for creating gardens
in small spaces?
Make the most of every space, but this doesn’t
mean it has to be bu sy! In this garden we
inco rporated a clothes lin e made from I-beams
and stainless steel wires. This is a strong
elemen t in a tight corner, so it doesn’t look
bitsy. Making the most of the space mean s it
can be functional and sculptural.
Green World Nursery greenworldnursery.com.au
(plantings) Ma rk McClella nd mmdesignsculpture.com
(sculptu r e) Pep o Botanic Design pepo.com.au (landscape
architect) Sita Rivas rivasdesign.com.au (mirror) Tullera
Constructions (02) 9661 9400 (co nc re te pavers).
pops of drama. “We wanted to introduce
very little colour, but it had to be strong,”
For the owners, their outdoor living
retreat is exactly as they’d imagined,
shape and texture correlating perfectly
to create a functional space that exudes
a charming atmosphere.
The copper sculpture helps to break
up the strong lines of the house.
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