OASIS BY THE SEA
This new coastal garden has become a delightful and functional low-maintenance haven.
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.”
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.
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.