Garden Tour III: back left

November 17, 2009 at 7:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The backyard is where the more substantial changes are going to happen. The slope here makes it difficult to use the space at this moment (apart from the Hillis Hoist that no longer hoists!). Running around the fenceline is a mix of bamboo and jasmine (which will be removed) and one holly tree (staying permanently) and another unidentified tree at the back fence (going eventually). If we get approval, this side of the yard will be terraced into two levels, divided roughly at the mid point of the yard.

garden view, back left, looking uphill with holly tree and clothesline in foreground

The front half, including the existing holly tree, will be a medieval herb garden in the style of the french parterre. Garden beds will form wheel spokes radiating out from a central water feature, and will be defined by low box hedges. Pathways and surrounding areas will be grassed, making this one of the few concessions to a ‘lawn’. There will be a turf seat backing onto the retaining wall, roses, strawberries, lilies. This area will be a space with a strongly defined aesthetic and limited plant choice, but as the garden section closest to the kitchen it will also be the space for growing day to day requirements for cooking like herbs and salad greens.

The back section will also mix ornamentals with some productive plants. Directly back from the retaining wall will be a trellis made up of T-shapes at either end on fencing wire strung between to support berries. In the damp section next to the wall (shaded permanently by a eucalyptus in a neighbouring yard) will be blueberry bushes. The space will be defined by curves, with a tree in the centre surrounded by a circular bench seat (type of tree still up for discussion, but definitely deciduous). The curving border will be mostly perennial, with stepping stones and odd things to discover scattered through to make it a space to explore. Under the tree will be a non-grass lawn (lawn camomile, lawn thyme etc) and drifts of naturalised bulbs.

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