A token garden at the back? Not at all – the landscaping here provides verdant relaxation from various vantages while actively enhancing the home's architecture

Designed by Mark Bell, Bell Landscapes

From the landscape designer:

Every room in the home has a view of the gardens. 

The main living zone spills directly onto the central garden courtyard which offers a wonderful natural connection to the entire ground floor. 

The majority of the plantings are Australian natives, ornamental grasses and accent plants or succulents to add interest and texture. 

Feature trees and some tropical plants add heights and shade where required.

From a design perspective, we loved the relationship between the architecture and the landscape, Smyth and Smyth designed many garden spaces into the build – such as rooftop gardens, the expansive central courtyard and window planters outside some of the bedrooms. 

This allows us the opportunity to have plants spilling down walls, softening hard junctions, or being used to soften or add texture to the built items – integrating planting in this way is just fantastic, says the designer.

Credit list

House design
Landscape designer/contractor
Irrigation system
Hunter Irrigation
A mix of Australian natives and structural planting sourced from suppliers Australia wide
Durant Building
Spotted gum hardwood

Designed by: Bell Landscapes

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Murray Fredericks Photography

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