A PLACE FOR ALL SEASONS
This rambling Sydney garden has room for everyone, whatever the weather.
In this Sydney garden, a series of leafy rooms is linked by meandering paths.
“THE LEAFY PEACEFUL neighbourhood and the large meandering garden were major attractions when we first looked at this house. Like our home, the garden is relaxed and eclectic – it’s made up of many different ‘rooms’, which are linked by irregular flagged sandstone paths. The plantings range from more formal with hedges to cottage-style beds, plus a touch of the tropics under the shady trees.
Here in the front garden, the large tree sets the tone as it reduces light levels and increases humidity. Shadeloving ferns thrive here! We do get a beautiful burst of colour in the cooler months, though, when the camellias come into bloom.
Beyond the front lawn is another small, slightly lower garden, where
Peter built a firepit for the kids. Over the years, that’s had a lot of use!
Unusually, the pool is set in the front garden, as the block is very narrow at the rear. The back is our winter garden [not shown], as it gets a lot of sun.
The paved area with the striped awning and wicker furniture is our front entrance. It’s a lovely cool place to be in summer, and well used by everyone. The fragrance of the Chinese star jasmine, which winds around the column, is divine. However we’ve had to ‘fake’ a few of the potted plants here, as the local crows took a liking to the real succulents and ate them!
Having a mix of evergreen and deciduous plants in the garden means it’s always lush but also always changing. My favourite plant is the Virginia creeper on the wall, when it first comes out in leaf and when it turns to red in autumn. The change in seasons is obvious and very beautiful.”
Blue atlas cedar Bird’s-nest fern Shady sanctuary The broad-canopied tree offers respite in hot weather.