Home Beautiful - - DESIGN FILE -

JAN­UARY 2011: Robyn dreams up the plans for the back­yard af­ter scour­ing mag­a­zines and sketches them for Tim. First on the list: a block wall for pri­vacy, along with a se­lec­tion of ma­ture trees. A creep­ing fig and star jas­mine are planted near the new fences, and these will even­tu­ally shroud the walls in green­ery.

OC­TO­BER 2012: On any spare week­end, the cou­ple gets busy lev­el­ling the gar­den and fill­ing gar­den beds with young plants. A new pool pump house is fin­ished.

APRIL 2013: A tim­ber per­gola is added to the side of the house, and wis­te­ria is planted and trained as a liv­ing, fra­grant cover. Out­door pil­lars are bricked over and ren­dered.

FE­BRU­ARY 2014: The old paving around the pool is up­dated, and new square pool cop­ing is com­pleted. A mag­no­lia ‘Teddy Bear’ fea­ture tree is planted in the mid­dle of the back lawn.

MARCH 2014: The glass pool safety fence and deck – in spot­ted gum that is de­signed to sil­ver over time – are fin­ished. The rest of the yard is prepped for new turf, with a set of paving step­pers in­cor­po­rated as a fea­ture.

APRIL 2014: Pleached mop top robinias and a box hedge are planted along­side the pool fence for shade and ex­tra pri­vacy.

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