In her Blue Moun­tains gar­den, Lucy took care to cre­ate spa­ces in which she – and guests – could re­lax.

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There’s plenty of sunny and shady spots to en­joy in this Blue Moun­tains gar­den.

”MY HUS­BAND MICHAEL AND I love be­ing out­doors and when we were con­sid­er­ing buy­ing this house, the beau­ti­ful gar­dens were the de­cid­ing fac­tor for us. The block of land slopes down to­wards the na­tional park and the cliffs, so to make the area more user-friendly, the pre­vi­ous own­ers had put in a se­ries of tiers and paths. They had done a won­der­ful job, but we were keen to add our own touches. The first change we made was to build a back bal­cony which spans the width of the house. It’s cre­ated a flow from house to gar­den and be­come a year-round spot to lunch! Then we put in stairs be­tween the gar­den tiers, as there wasn’t re­ally an easy way to walk through the gar­den. Lastly, we had a lower back deck built which over­looks the val­ley, and which is where we spend morn­ings and af­ter­noons. This back­yard is our happy place – we never tire of the views, the birds and the beau­ti­ful sun­sets.”

Tall Pho­tinia hedges pro­vide pri­vacy and a touch of colour.

The Vic­to­rian-style foun­tain cre­ates a re­lax­ing sound­track in the front yard.

Es­sen­tial link The rear of the house was dis­con­nected from the gar­den. BE­FORE

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