Behind a story-book pretty white picket fence in one of Perth’s loveliest precincts, within walking distance of the CBD and the Swan River, a glorious green oasis beckons. Sprinkled with a seasonal show of vividly coloured plants, lush deciduous trees and sun-dappled hideaways, it is a very special, low-maintenance front yard landscape with a sanctuary-like appeal.
It has even made an impression on neighbours and passers-by. “People walking past comment that there’s always something flowering,” says owner Rosie. “It’s a garden that receives so much attention!”
Enlisting the expertise of Perth landscape designers Jenny and Neil Delmage from Naturescape Creative, budding gardener Rosie soon realised she was in good hands. “We worked as a team and they listened to our family’s needs and introduced me to an array of plants that create such a soft setting,” she says. “They’ve ensured the area is functional, yet very charming.”
All the plants, the paving, pergola, backyard pool and even the picket fence were designed and built from a completely bare garden site that was excavated during the renovation.
Taking full advantage of its prime corner block, the outdoor space now extends from the south-facing front of the house and wraps around a dramatic, inky-walled eastern side courtyard to the private back garden, where a designated alfresco eating and lounge area overlooks the pool and shaded lawn.
Curved pathways and pretty flowerbeds – not to mention a thriving herb patch at the end of the long, narrow front yard, dotted with sage, creeping rosemary and thyme – ensure this is a garden with something for everyone.
“Our approach was to utilise all of the space,” explains designer Neil.
“We planted some fairly advanced trees, for that instant effect.” Conscious of Perth’s hot, dry climate, he and Jenny also ensured the soil was rich, friable and well irrigated before planting began, and chose trees that wouldn’t need a great deal of maintenance.
For Rosie, watching her garden grow from the ground up has been a joy. “Now that the trees and plants have matured, the spaces are changing and the private spots are so lovely and cosy,” she says. “There’s something new with every season. It’s the garden that really makes a home; it’s like the icing on the cake.”