This elegant semi-formal garden is the ideal complement to the heritage home
The charming timber gate that provides entry to this impressive property is flanked by statuesque topiaries, which hint of the elegant semi-formal garden that awaits. Designed by Olaf von Sperl and Andrew Davis of Adore My Garden, the meticulously landscaped grounds both complement the traditional architecture of the heritage residence and provide for the outdoor living needs of a modern family.
With a strong emphasis on evergreen planting and natural materials, the inviting outdoor spaces that wrap around the home have a timeless quality, which is especially true of the outside living area.
This pergola-covered space has an open, airy feel yet gives the impression of being in an outdoor room.
The property’s rock boundary wall and the side feature wall, with its fireplace and decorative log storage inset, create a feeling of enclosure while the Vergola roof allows in natural light and gentle cooling breezes.“This is a sophisticated space that has everything the owners need to relax or entertain, including comfortable outdoor lounge furniture, an open fire and an outdoor television.”
From the outdoor room, which is paved in a classic French pattern, we turn to the swimming pool. Adore My Garden was asked to renovate the pool, which involved the removal of a spa and the installation of a sheer-descent water feature. To seamlessly link the pool and living areas, the same sandstone-capped walling was used, the colour of which complements the exterior of the house.
Adore My Garden’s planting palette emphasises plants with interesting foliage with a selection of white-flowering plants included for subtle contrast. All the plants are hardy, which meant there was no need to install an irrigation system.
As with any successful project, there was some vital “behind the scenes” construction work that needed to be carried out before the final form of the garden could take shape. This included shoring up the embankment and fixing drainage problems. Ambient low-voltage outdoor lighting, which has been used to uplight feature pots and plants, adds the finishing flourish to the landscape.