MAKE IT LUSH

Jamie Durie gets cre­ative with con­crete and turns a trashed front yard into some­thing spe­cial.

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Jamie Durie turns a paved front yard into a home­owner’s dream gar­den hide­away.

GE­OL­O­GIST KERRY HAD al­ways loved spend­ing time in her front gar­den. When she first moved into her home, Kerry added new plants and of­ten sat out­doors to en­joy the green sur­rounds and morn­ing sun. But an ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion turned her lit­tle oa­sis into a post-con­struc­tion site, com­plete with bro­ken pavers, muddy pud­dles and a gar­den over­run with weeds. Jamie Durie’s chal­lenge was to re­alise the po­ten­tial of this out­door space while cater­ing to its prac­ti­cal pur­pose: as the house is on a bat­tleaxe block, the drive­way had to be wide enough for cars to turn a com­plete cir­cle.

Jamie’s in­spired so­lu­tion was to lay con­crete in a geo­met­ric pat­tern, us­ing tim­ber to make a frame for the ce­ment. Once set, the tim­ber was lifted out and the spa­ces put to good use, with dec­o­ra­tive peb­bles and mini mondo grass in­serted be­tween the slabs.

To mark the tran­si­tion from the drive­way and cre­ate a gate­way to Kerry’s new se­cret gar­den, Jamie built an arbour with flow­er­ing man­dev­illa in a fi­bre­glass pot (found in Kerry’s back­yard) spilling over its roof. Be­yond the arbour is a cus­tom ta­ble built on large pots, which dis­play gor­geous suc­cu­lent cen­tre­pieces. It’s the per­fect place for Kerry to sit with a cuppa in the morn­ing light. To fin­ish off the makeover, Jamie ti­died up the ex­ist­ing box hedge, mag­no­lia and gin­ger, and added more lilly pilly hedges to screen the se­cret gar­den from view.

Trans­formed! Kerry’s front yard is now per­fect for re­lax­ing and en­ter­tain­ing. af­ter

In need of TLC

This weedy, over­grown and ne­glected area had be­come a no-go zone for Kerry. But it could be great – time for Jamie to work his magic! be­fore

Up high Plants atop the arbour add height and in­ter­est. af­ter

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