IT’S JUST GREAT!
With clever design and plant choices, Jamie Durie creates a private sanctuary for a young family.
Jamie Durie creates a private haven in a suburban yard.
AN OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING area, easy-access vegie patch and open play spaces for a growing family were on new parents Elisa and Nathaniel’s backyard wishlist. The first step to solve the drainage problems of the sloping site was to create three levels of lawn, separated by a Ridgi retaining wall system (see Ridgi.com.au), and remove about 200mm of clay. Ridgi concrete sleepers that look like timber were also used to build a super-sized raised vegetable garden along the back wall of the house.
In the lowest level of the yard Jamie laid sandstone pavers in a jigsaw pattern with pebble “grout” as an attractive floor for the outdoor room, and attached geometric metal screens to chunky timber posts to make “privacy walls” that still allow air and light through. Painting the fence, attaching the same screens to it and positioning tall evergreen Magnolia ‘Little Gem’ ensures year-round privacy – ideal for entertaining or just relaxing.
On the retained deck Jamie installed netted hammocks to hang down around its perimeter which, along with a row of quick-growing hanging potted plants, adds privacy to the back of the house. Fragrant port wine magnolias in the garden bed and tubs around the deck will grow into a green screen. For more information, visit Tenplay.com.au/thelivingroom
Fun for all The family love the new grassy lawns, outdoor room and vegie garden. Magnolia ‘Little Gem’ TUNE IN Catch The Living Room 7:30pm Friday on TEN