Lust for lush How to make a small space grand

How you can make your small space seem grand

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - June Contents -

apart­ment liv­ing now your thing? You can learn how to turn your pocket of a gar­den space into a mini par­adise by tak­ing in­spi­ra­tion from an oa­sis that has risen from the ru­ins of one of Syd­ney’s first wa­ter stores.

Like much of to­day’s high-den­sity hous­ing, this gar­den is ruled by hard­scapes that have the po­ten­tial to dom­i­nate any green­ery. In­stead the mass of bricks, slabs of con­crete and a skele­ton of iron have be­come warm homes to the col­lec­tion of plants care­fully se­lected for their en­vi­ron­ment.

SHINE A LIGHT

Out­side the Padding­ton Reser­voir Gar­dens, the noise of the traf­fic is ever present, while in­side there is still the sense of util­ity. But these plant­ings turn the thrum and func­tion from a dis­trac­tion into a de­light. And they shine a light on the raw beauty of the ruin.

The gar­den shows that you don’t need a large space for a place of peace. Your lit­tle bal­cony can still be a lush patch with a strate­gic ar­range­ment of green­ery that can en­hance your sur­round­ings.

LIKE THE HANG­ING GAR­DENS OF BABY­LON OR THE AN­CIENT BATHS OF ROME,

THE PADDING­TON RESER­VOIR GAR­DENS IS INSPIRING

The del­i­cate fronds of a lacy tree fern, backed by a swamp banksia, soften the hard, in­dus­trial edges of the old brick walls.

The pool pays homage to the orig­i­nal use of these ru­ins and adds to the re­strained el­e­gance of the gar­dens.

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