A RUSTIC BEACHSIDE HAVEN
The classic garden of a beautiful Northern Beaches cottage gets a subtle and considerate update.
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.