An old in­ner-city worker’s cot­tage has been re­vi­talised with a con­tem­po­rary ex­ten­sion and en­ter­tainer’s court­yard gar­den.

Australian House & Garden - - Garden Special -

Ma­te­rial mat­ters

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.

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