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