Seasonal Planting and Landscape Design at Box Hill | NONAGON.style
Seasonal Planting and Landscape Design at Box Hill

Seasonal Planting and Landscape Design at Box Hill

Giving this old Melbourne property something new to shout about

Isobel McKenzie
Written by –
Isobel McKenzie
on April 22nd 2019
Originally from London, Isobel is enthralled by the curves and lines that make up a city. It's fascinating to see how modern skyscrapers and historic landmarks muddle together. Her Instagram feed @Isobel_McKenzie is usually full of spiral staircases and tall buildings. Can also be found on Twitter.. sometimes.
Project:

Box Hill

Photographer:

Erik Holt, Claire Takacs via Bowerbird

Creating the perfect setting for this Melbourne home required a bit of landscape design. The charming 1880s Queenslander house has a veranda that stretches around the main block, and a couple of quiet zones around the back. The home owners sought to enhance the surroundings and garden features, bringing in Ian Barker Gardens to plant using seasonal design elements to create a warm and rich garden.

1880s Australian home with landscape design by Ian Barker Gardens | NONAGON.style

Front Garden

“The brief called for a perennial packed front garden, in keeping with the traditional home, whilst creating a more contemporary garden at the rear,” describe the team at Ian Barker Gardens. “The front door is located to the side of the property, so it was important it had a sense of arrival.”

 

The front path was widened to create a section outside the front door, which gave the home a feeling of an external foyer. Plants and trees were added to create a frame for the front door, Violas at ground level and a boxed hedge framing the path, with the beautiful hues of Salvia and Camellia sasanqua.

Box Hill Project Landscape design by Ian Barker Gardens | NONAGON.style
Blues and purples color palette for landscape garden design | NONAGON.style

Towards the back of the garden, it’s a simpler affair. There is a lawn bordered with bluestone paving and plants that stick to the mauve and blue color palette.

 

To one edge of the garden is the outdoor room, a great hide-away with plenty of foliage and even a wood burning stove.

Outdoor room where stables used to be, Austaralian Victorian-era home in Melbourne | NONAGON.style

“The outdoor room, where a stable once stood, was restored meticulously in its initial footprint using the original brick and we also recycled beams hand-picked from the King Lake district. We reused the original bricks so they retained their character and sense of ‘old world’ charm. A huge sliding gate (2.2m x 2m) made from recycled spotted gum on a metal slider at the entrance of the outdoor room, enabling the area to be enclosed, creating a more private outdoor space. Our clients are keen entertainers and cooking enthusiast so an area to make (and eat!) pizza was high up on their wish list.” — Ian Barker Gardens

Outdoor room with pizza oven | Box Hill Project by Ian Barker Gardens | NONAGON.style
Outdoor room with a pizza oven | Box Hill Project by Ian Barker Gardens | NONAGON.style
Details of log pile connected to outdoor room with a pizza oven | Box Hill Project by Ian Barker Gardens | NONAGON.style
Outdoor room with pizza oven and wood burning stove | Box Hill Project by Ian Barker Gardens | NONAGON.style
Swimming pool area protected by glass fence | Box Hill Project by Ian Barker Gardens | NONAGON.style

The pool is a delight, whatever the time of year, as different plants were selected to create beauty an atmosphere throughout the seasons. Scroll down to the end to see the trees in fall!

Swimming pool and foliage, Melbourne Australia | NONAGON.style
Swimming pool blues with gorgeous orange colors from the nearby trees during autumn | Box Hill Project by Ian Barker Gardens | NONAGON.style
Autumn leaves by the swimmingpool | Box Hill Project by Ian Barker Gardens | NONAGON.style
Red and yellow trees in fall overlooking the swimming pool | Box Hill Project by Ian Barker Gardens | NONAGON.style
Garden landscape design for 1880s building | Box Hill Project by Ian Barker Gardens | NONAGON.style
Flowers and trees changing with the season for 1880s Australian home | Box Hill Project by Ian Barker Gardens | NONAGON.style

Using a range of different plant varieties, the home looks stunning year round with a changing palette of colors the delight the senses!

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