As the house cladding was very dark in colouring, the overall selection of evergreen shrubs and low lying planting provided a nice contrast.
There was only limited room for a garden within the courtyard due to the number of elements required within the relevantly small available space so the garden was deliberately kept narrow. Ligustrum hedging was selected for against the house, while on the house side of the pool, standardised bay trees were installed with low underplanting of daphnes and liriopes to give a multi layered look with varying colour.
Behind the courtyard, the outdoor seating area is a shady area therefore shade loving plants that are pleasing to the eye were selected and are visible through the glass running along the inside hallway.
The front of the section rolls down to the lake. Here, viburnums were selected to define the northern boundary while still satisfying the owners’ brief of uninhibited views. Viburnums are also wind tolerant and provide evergreen foliage – other requirements for this area.
Smaller decorative trees were also dotted around to create an upper end feel of feature trees for colour, textures and shape. Again, these trees provide for a nice contrast again the dark cladding of the house.
The driveway entrance is relatively formal along the western boundary with hedging along the fence line. A Prunus hedge was used along the back of the house to separate the section from the public walkway.
Due to the dry nature of the site and poor sandy underlying soil, irrigation was a necessity for the lawns and gardens. The gardens were mulched to reduce water evaporation and help with soil moisture retention.