UR­BAN ES­CAPE

There’s room to re­lax and en­ter­tain in this mod­ern out­door oasis.

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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.

Brush up

The tow­er­ing bot­tle­brush trees are rem­nants from the old back­yard.

Ajuga rep­tans

Per­fect ground­cov­er­ing plant

Ze­phyran­thes can­dida

Ideal bor­der plant

Vi­ola hed­er­acea

A pretty Aus­tralian na­tive vi­o­let

Se­dum

‘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.

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