MIX & MATCH
An old inner-city worker’s cottage has been revitalised with a contemporary extension and entertainer’s courtyard garden.
Old and new dovetail triumphantly in this compact Melbourne garden. The old brick cottage recently had a contemporary extension added, with views to an old stables (pictured). The owners wanted their outdoor space to reflect the modern lines of the new extension, yet reference the history of the site. In response, landscape designer Lachie Anderson has combined recycled brick and chunky, weathered timbers with bluestone paving, integrated concrete seating and
LED lighting. The pergola is not intended as a shade structure; rather, it is a sculptural link for the different textures, says Lachie. A fire pit is centrally placed under the pergola, perfect for winter gatherings. Planting is kept to a minimum because of the desire for a lowmaintenance garden but there is still a lush green presence. Lachie Anderson Landscapes; (03) 9822 9970 or lachieanderson.com.au.
Sir Walter Buffalo grass forms a living carpet between large bluestone stepping stones and a crepe myrtle ( Lagerstroemia ‘ Natchez’). Around the corner is a bed filled with herbs and a lemon tree, and in front of the stables is a row of Murraya paniculata. Boston ivy and wisteria climb up the pergola, while pots of red geraniums add colour. “There are a lot of different textures and materials but they all complement each other,” says Lachie. The pergola timber is from an old wharf, the brick wall is original but contains a section of radial sawn timber (www.radialtimbers. com.au) for visual interest. Corten steel doors to the utilities storage match the stable’s rusty roof.