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