SUGGESTED PLANTING PLAN
1 EXPANSION PLANS
Extend the existing terrace further into the garden to make a more generous space. Pave with large concrete pavers, choosing a colour and finish that works with the existing terrace.
Add a horizontal timber frame to back of raised bed for growing peas, beans and so forth. The bean frame will also give privacy to the terrace from the neighbouring twostorey house.
To make terrace more room-like, partly enclose it on western end with a simple outdoor kitchen using vertical battens (same colour as existing screen) and stainlesssteel bench. Integrate the barbecue for a contemporary look.
Plant an attractive tall screen on western boundary to hide fence and neighbours (keep trimmed to 2-3m). The same plants could be used to replace pittosporum hedge on rear boundary if desired.
Build a raised vegetable bed on the opposite corner to grow herbs, salad greens and other small vegetables.
Curve beds around the boundaries to create an oval lawn for ball games. This will also counterbalance the rectangular forms of site and house. Plant beds with more fruit trees, larger veges (potatoes, rhubarb, artichoke) and bee-attracting shrubs and perennials. Edge with a robust low hedge to define shape and help keep balls out of the beds.