There’s room to relax and entertain in this modern outdoor oasis.
Once overgrown and unusable, Mandy’s backyard is now ideal for entertaining and relaxing.
THIS GARDEN IN NEWTOWN in Sydney’s Inner West was overgrown and unusable to start, and it took six weeks for landscape designer Adam Robinson, to transform it into a contemporary garden sanctuary. There weren’t too many things worth retaining from the original yard, so the first step in its transformation was to work out how the owner, Mandy Whatson, planned to use the space. To ensure the backyard was beautiful as well as functional, the barbecue was positioned near the house and the lounging area at the rear of the garden, to draw people out into the yard. Mandy cares for the yard herself so, to keep it low maintenance, Adam installed an irrigation system, hardy plants and paving that runs into the garden beds.
LIVE THE LIFE
Mandy’s favourite features of this backyard are the cantilevered seat
(it fits so many people) and the sandstone daybed – it’s the perfect spot to sit and catch the sun. And the space is now ideal for entertaining. “Whether it’s just one friend or a party, Mandy can host guests outdoors for breakfast, lunch or dinner,” Adam says. On any given day, Mandy will spend time at the large outdoor table, eating breakfast in the morning, catching up on work or with a glass of wine in the evening. It’s such a versatile space.
“The big, leafy Strelitzia nicolai give the backyard a relaxed feel.”
Table talk The large Waratah dining table is from Eco Outdoor. Jak chairs from Tait.
The towering bottlebrush trees are remnants from the old backyard.
Perfect groundcovering plant
Ideal border plant
A pretty Australian native violet
‘Gold Mound’ A hardy succulent
Soak it up
The outdoor daybed is the perfect spot for Mandy to read a magazine.
Little things Attention is paid to the details, like this hat hook.
Sweet surprise A cute bunny sculpture lives in the garden.