This ram­bling Sydney gar­den has room for ev­ery­one, what­ever the weather.

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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.

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