Jamie Durie helps a young cou­ple cre­ate pri­vacy, charm and func­tion­al­ity in their front yard.

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EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL SCI­EN­TISTS Ellen and Josh bought their first home in Suther­land, NSW, two years ago on the spur of the mo­ment. They im­me­di­ately rented it out so they could get ahead with the re­pay­ments, but now they’re ready to move in and make it their home – and their first pri­or­ity is the yard. The cou­ple knows how long gar­dens can take to es­tab­lish so they’re keen to get stuck in. En­ter The Liv­ing Room’s res­i­dent gar­den guru Jamie Durie to help move things along.

Ellen and Josh’s wish­list in­cludes plenty of na­tive plants and trees to at­tract the lo­cal birdlife, a hedge to add pri­vacy and Josh has his heart set on a white picket fence.

Jamie got to work on the fence straight­away and painted it with Taub­man’s En­dure Crisp White and

Grey Ghost to cre­ate a two-tone ef­fect. He then added screen­ing plants to pro­vide ex­tra pri­vacy. Next, Jamie added a Tuff Edge alu­minium gar­den edg­ing sys­tem to pro­vide a bar­rier be­tween the turf and gar­den beds, then he put in plenty of na­tive plants.

The orig­i­nal lay­out meant Ellen and Josh had to walk across the grass to the front steps, so Jamie’s so­lu­tion was to build a Good Times deck sys­tem over the ex­ist­ing steps and form a new path.

Bot­tle Brush Cordy­line ‘Rubra’ af­ter More char­ac­ter An up­dated fa­cade and new two-tone fence adds to the cot­tage charm of the house.

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