Homes+ (Australia) - - MY BACKYARD -

To link the en­ter­tain­ing and bar­beque area in the per­gola to the house, Jamie cre­ated a path framed with a va­ri­ety of fruit trees and in­ter­spersed with smaller plants, with the aim of cre­at­ing a nat­u­ral vista. But as na­ture is rarely per­fectly sym­met­ri­cal, he de­signed the steps to be dif­fer­ent lengths. “I’ve tried to blend the ar­chi­tec­ture of the path­way into the land­scape and make sure it’s com­pletely func­tional,” Jamie says. The steps are made from Cus­tom Con­crete Colony Stone Pavers in Bluemetal from Bun­nings, sim­ply laid in lines on lev­elled ground. Jamie spaced the steps 700mm apart – just the right length for most peo­ple to eas­ily step from one to the next. Be­fore plant­ing around the path­way, he po­si­tioned the pots in place to get not only a good idea of its fi­nal ap­pear­ance, but also to cor­rect the spac­ing be­tween each plant.

De­sign points

These plants will grow to soften the lines of the path­way and cre­ate a gar­den in oth­er­wise wasted space. Fra­grant and drought-tol­er­ant olive trees line the path­way.

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