This new coastal gar­den has be­come a delightful and func­tional low-main­te­nance haven.

Homes+ (Australia) - - CONTENTS - JUDY CURSON

After three years this coastal gar­den has grown up lush.

“The gar­den is like our life­style – re­laxed but pur­pose­ful.”

“THREE YEARS AGO, WHEN Peter and I bought this house, the gar­den was dry, very sandy, lack­ing in struc­ture and just had a few ad­vanced trees – noth­ing like what we have now. It’s amaz­ing the growth and change you can get from a gar­den in a short time!

Our pri­or­i­ties when re­ju­ve­nat­ing it were to make all spa­ces func­tional – and, of course, beau­ti­ful. We wanted to cre­ate nice play­ing ar­eas for the grand­kids and pleas­ant ar­eas in which to re­lax and en­joy the af­ter­noon sun, along with plenty of stor­age for mow­ers, tools and equip­ment. Peter runs a land­scap­ing busi­ness so the gar­den is his do­main but I love it, too, and we dis­cuss and plan it to­gether.

Both in­side and out­doors I love to use things that have mean­ing to us as a fam­ily, and to re­cy­cle. The big steps that lead to the front door were built from old seats we used to sit on around the out­door fire at our pre­vi­ous farm. In front of the steps are old fence pal­ings that Peter has set at ground level. The farm’s fence posts were used in the front yard and we used se­cond-hand bricks for the curved gar­den edg­ing.

“There’s al­ways a per­fect spot to sit, in sun or shade.”

We de­signed around the ex­ist­ing trees, such as the Manchurian pears, which line the drive­way, and the ma­ture yuc­cas, which are a favourite of mine. Many of the smaller plants, like the Di­etes and Liri­opes, have been re­cy­cled from other gar­dens. Other yuc­cas and cit­rus trees seem to thrive in con­tain­ers. Over­all there’s plenty of colour and sea­sonal blooms.

The gar­den is not high main­te­nance but we like tend­ing it any­way – I mow and weed while Peter plants, fer­tilises and hedges. Down the track we plan to redo the front fence with more re­cy­cled tim­ber but for now we’re so happy with how far it has come al­ready – it’s amaz­ing. The gar­den is a space we en­joy with fam­ily and friends, lit­er­ally ev­ery day of the year.”

All ages

The raised vegie bed is as use­ful for Judy as it is fun for her grand­chil­dren.

Rus­tic love At­trac­tive hang­ing lanterns light the way to Judy’s home.

Sea­sonal trav­ellers Judy’s colour-themed clus­ters of pots get moved as the weather changes.

Ed­i­ble gar­den Herbs and ve­g­ies flour­ish in a raised bed, as the gar­den soil is sandy.

Fun and games A pri­or­ity was cre­at­ing an area for play with the grand­chil­dren.

New life Judy loves to repur­pose items, like this fam­ily heir­loom lad­der and an old wine bar­rel.

Blend­ing in

The gar­den was de­signed around ex­ist­ing trees, like the ma­ture yuc­cas.

Keep­ing the vibe Retro chairs add a splash of colour and suit the style of the house.

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