The clas­sic garden of a beau­ti­ful North­ern Beaches cot­tage gets a sub­tle and con­sid­er­ate up­date.

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Ideas from a reader’s charm­ing garden

“ADAM AND I MOVED into our cot­tage on the North­ern Beaches back in 2009. We loved the po­si­tion of the house, and the soul which comes from its age. Apart from the nat­u­ral charm of the prop­erty, the view was a fab­u­lous com­bi­na­tion of wa­ter, trees, houses and boats. Plenty of space in the garden for the kids was also a bonus.

Al­though we’ve ren­o­vated, the garden mostly re­mains the same and the fa­cade is as per its 1928 style. We ex­tended the back deck us­ing tal­low wood and cov­ered it to make it more prac­ti­cal. Adam spends time work­ing on the garden with the kids and the an­i­mals and when it is all done and gor­geous we sit there with a glass of wine or beer gaz­ing at the view or hos­ing the kids on the tram­po­line.

In the yard, we planted many agaves but worked a lot with the orig­i­nal garden beds and lay­out. We kept all of the orig­i­nal plants which in­cluded camel­lias, palms, ivy, lilly pillys and frangi­pa­nis. When it came to the fur­ni­ture out­side, ev­ery­thing was upcycled. It’s mostly picked-up and found ob­jects – then if the weather trashes them it’s not too se­ri­ous. I find a lot of things on coun­cil clean-up days – the area we live is in­cred­i­ble for it in terms of the qual­ity. I’m known for it so friends will also pick up stuff they think I would like.

I love the vibe, the view and the space we’ve cre­ated in our garden. We some­times vas­cil­late be­tween get­ting a pool or keep­ing it as is, al­though I think the garden wins!

Style it up Up­cy­cle old tim­ber crates by us­ing them as planters in the garden. Good finds

“Our kids visit the neigh­bours’ kids all the time us­ing the lit­tle door in the fence,” says Katy. They were another cast off Katy saved from the tip.

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