How To Create...
A happy mix of garden, swimming and entertaining areas in one backyard.
When Isabella and Matthew returned to Australia from the UK with their two young children, they set their sights on finding a home with ample outdoor space “so we could spend more time in the sunshine”, says Isabella. They found their answer: a Federation house with a 12x22m backyard and pool in Sydney’s inner west. But a few things needed tweaking: there was boggy lawn around the pool and the back patio was more a thoroughfare than a sitting area. As keen but time-poor gardeners, the couple were seeking a low-maintenance garden with a vegie patch so they could teach their children about growing food.
To redirect foot traffic, Nicola relocated the pool gate and installed a central set of limestone steps, reinforcing the status of the pergola as a sitting area. By using a mix of Australian natives and exotics in simple, repeat plantings, she has ensured the garden is both structured and low maintenance. The boggy lawn around the pool has been replaced with pavers and beds of hardy plants, and a generous, raised vegetable garden has pride of place in a sunny rear pocket.
“I love that this garden flows in such a functional and visual way. It’s a happy family garden.”