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222 HOMES & ART WINTER 2014
Landscape architect Kelsie Davies shares
her inspiration for this garden, and her
expert landscaping tips.
What is your favourite feature of the
garden and why?
I like the sunken courtyard as it marries so well
into the spaces around it. Its integration into
the decking area combines the two spaces so
that people on the deck may interact easily with
people in the cour tyard. It also allows for a more
casual entertaining area away from the dining
experience of the alfresco.
What was your inspiration?
My inspiration for the garden was a mix of
Japanese-style gardens with a tranquil lily
pond, and use of timber, stepping stones and
gravel planting with a more contemporary twist,
bringing in geometric lines and varied planting
to ensure it worked with the style of house.
What are some of your favourite materials/
plants to work with at the moment?
Some of my favourite materials at the moment
include Filetti paving, natural timber decking
and dado render. I am a huge succulent lover, so
Agaves, Echiverias and Aloes, or anything that
provides some punches of colour and interest to
the garden, are hot on my list.
Do you have any tips for people wanting to
achieve this look in their gardens?
Look for opportunities to bring tranquil water
into the garden – it doesn’t need to be huge
and flashy, beauty lies in its simplicity; planting
in gravel is easy, but ensure that you lay a weed
mat down before you install the gravel, to
minimise weeds popping up; and bluestone is
a great product, comes in a variety of finishes
and can be used in a number of situations from
paving, pool coping and cladding.
Tim Davies Landscaping timdavieslandscaping.com.au
(design a nd build) Absolute Stone absolutestone.com.au
(bluestone) Austin Developments balistylecabanas.com.au
(timber decking) Eco Outdoor ecooutdoor.com.au (outdoor
setting) Flux Impressions fl u x
(steel fabrication) Watergarden Warehouse
watergardenwarehouse.com.au (fire pit and pond filtration).
“The sunken courtyard was designed
so that the materials of bluestone and
timber fitted seamlessly into each other
by wrapping the timber down into the
area to meet the bluestone steps,” Kelsie
says. She also designed a small cutout in
the protruding alfresco deck, which has
allowed a tree to feature in the location.
Screening trees were planted along the
side boundary, large feature trees keyed
views, and some flowering ornamental
trees were used to soften the area.
“We also included hedging to the
boundary to soften the backdrop of the
space and included detailed planting of
succulents and groundcovers to gravel areas
for a more structural, interesting look.”
Emphasis was put on encompassing
practical and sustainable elements in the
modern design. “The client was building his
dream home but, as a garden lover, wanted
the landscape to help complement the
home, and create a functional and liveable
outdoor space that they could use, rather
than a garden just to look at,” Kelsie says.
As such, an area at the rear of the home
was set aside to produce fruit, vegetables
and fresh eggs in their very own backyard.
Custom-sized, raised corrugated steel
planters were installed, and a chook pen
was also built. All planting areas were
irrigated with sub-surface reticulation in
order to minimise evaporation and allow for
maximum water to penetrate the root zone.
“Plants were selected to suit the hot
conditions of Perth, and once established
will prove to be very resilient,” Kelsie says.
The team was able to transplant the
clients’ own fruit trees into the new
design, minimising the costs of buying
new fruit trees while saving the already
established ones. The minimum inclusion
of green lawn opens the garden up for large
social gatherings and adds colour to the
predominantly rustic palette.
Hardy plants like Aptenia cordifolia and
Festuca glauca contrast with the grey gravel
and wooden decking, while the floating
steps and pavers create a striking visual
pattern to pave the way to the courtyard.
Tim Davies Landscaping has transformed
a plain, flat layout into an open-plan garden
that’s exotic and practically designed.
Grey gravel is a cost-effective way to fill a space while creating
a modern look.
A cutout allows a tree to grow through
the raised decking, while a firepit makes
this a perfect spot for entertaining.
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