Lust for lush How to make a small space grand
How you can make your small space seem grand
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.