Principal designer, Eckersley Garden Architecture
After revamping the interior of their 1930s-era home, the owners of this Melbourne property turned their attention outdoors. Taking cues from the elegant lines of the architecture, they wanted the rear garden to have timeless appeal, as well as feel relaxed, casual and contemporary. And because they’re a family of five, it needed to cater for their active social lives. A large outdoor dining area was high on the wish list.
Myles created an enticing and functional garden consisting of three distinct yet connected areas: a 10x5m outdoor dining zone, a 10x12m garden retreat and 8x12m pool area (existing). The dining zone (pictured) is a magnet for family and friends who love sitting under the swathes of Virginia creeper, especially in autumn. A few steps away is a lush private seating area that balances the activity of the pool zone. Tying it all together is a layered, textured plant palette with pockets of flowers that provide year-round colour.
“This garden has a relaxed mood and timeless appeal, which is such a perfect reflection of the owners. It was a pleasure to collaborate with them.”