A garden of surprises

A classic planting palette of green and white along with existing citrus, mature trees and wisteria complements the architecture and style of this charming 1898 cottage home.

Understanding that successful landscapes are an extension of the home, that they respond to the site and are a reflection of the clients personalities, the Tim Davies Landscaping (TDL) design team created the ultimate backyard oasis for this West Leederville home.

The existing site consisted sloping grass with lots of vegetation and mature trees, making it challenging to imagine how the client’s wish list – which included a pool, lawn area, conversation pit, koi pond and extended pergola – was all going to fit. A few shuffles around and the resulting layout feels generous and balanced.

In this project, the arbor materials and style tie back to the home, and the pool was influenced by the client’s book on the famous photographer, Slim Aarons.

With the block sloping down towards the back of the property, it lent to the idea of having the far wall of the pool exposed to create a sunken intimate area at the rear of the property for the teenage kids and their friends to hang out in.

A hedge moat was created between the pool and lawn to provide pool isolation without the need of a physical fence, while still abiding to the Building Code of Australia.

A custom Corten and bluestone koi pond runs down one side of the property adjacent to the pool. Seeing that the pond was going to sit too close to an existing Jacaranda tree, a decision was made on site by the construction supervisor to have the pond wrap around the tree. With the alternative solution being to cut the pond short, this creative result gives the illusion that the tree is growing through the pond.

From the front, the house and garden beyond is very unassuming. The comfortable and relaxed space is best appreciated on lazy summer afternoons by the pool and under the shade of the Jacaranda and Carob trees.


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