“It was al­ways go­ing to be a gar­dener’s gar­den”

Inside Out (Australia) - - Out Gardens - JAMES HEAD­LAND, LAND­SCAPE DE­SIGNER

James cre­ated a di­verse plant­ing scheme to build on the lay­er­ing. Cho­sen to suit the coastal lo­ca­tion and sandy soil, na­tives meet ex­otics for a lush look that fits in with the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings. Planted in groups for im­pact, trop­i­cal-fo­liage gin­ger and car­damom are mixed with finer wispy grasses, chunky suc­cu­lents and small-leaf flow­er­ing shrubs. Bold shapes of Gymea lily and Alo­ca­sia cre­ate eye-catch­ing fea­tures. The re­sult is a year-round ta­pes­try of tex­tures and colour from ground to tree canopy in an easy-care gar­den. “I had to have a mag­no­lia, which my mum loved, and a lemon tree,” says Leonie, who likes the more un­usual ad­di­tions, such as sculp­tural kalan­choes and the hand­some leop­ard tree.

The mix­ture of plants, cou­pled with the gar­den’s curves and an­gles, makes it vis­ually play­ful. James has used an ar­ray of ma­te­ri­als for the paving and walls to cre­ate an in­ter­con­nected look. The bal­ance lies in the earthy tones of the sand­stone, peb­bles, rusted steel, re­cy­cled bricks and hard­wood tim­ber creat­ing a sense of co­he­sion. This pal­ette echoes the trunks of the nearby trees that resided here be­fore this gar­den be­gan.

Leonie and John are ex­tremely happy with the re­sult and be­lieve that Leonie’s mother - and that lit­tle girl on hol­i­day years ago - would be just as pleased. Find out more about James’s work at pangkarra.com.au. Get in touch with the con­trac­tor An­drew No­ble on 0401 873 767.

The vegie patch (top left & right) is a fam­ily favourite for adding colour and flavour to meals. Out the front, a washed con­crete drive­way is a min­i­mal­ist choice. The drive­way (above) is bor­dered by a spray of sil­ver Kalan­choe hilde­brandtii and grassy plumes of Pen­nise­tum alopecuroides ‘ Nafray’ be­side Crinum pe­dun­cu­la­tum swamp lily. A Gre­vil­lea ‘Moonlight’ tree softens the wall, creep­ing up to the bal­cony.

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