Prin­ci­pal de­signer, Eck­er­s­ley Gar­den Ar­chi­tec­ture

Australian House & Garden - - Gardens - MYLES BROAD

The brief

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.

The so­lu­tion

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.

De­signer state­ment

“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.”

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