Pathways to paradise! This romantic cottage garden was designed to bring a touch of European splendour to an inner Perth suburb. ¬†As the clients were inspired by visits to Europe and our award winning garden at Garden Week 2012, they comissioned GFE to renovate their overgrown front garden and rear courtyard. ¬†The elevated house position was screened from the busy road by large mature paperbarks, hibiscus and conifers that were untidy and consequently in need of replacement. ¬†GFE designed and constructed a timeless solution by first removing the overgrown plants and trees before commencing work on the rest of the garden. ¬† The house and exterior walls were rendered to tie the house and garden together, providing a backdrop for the new garden and planting. Existing recycled paving was relaid with additional paving and steps to match. ¬†The original concrete footpath and tiled front entry were replaced with random ¬†crazy paving in natural tones to bring warmth and texture to the area.
A classical but soft romantic feel was achieved with ornamental Formstone urns and a fountain bowl used as ¬†a planter for topiary, herbs and annuals. ¬†A rustic urn and a bowl on a plynth planted with a spectacular Agave provide focal points for the garden. ¬†A pleached lily pily hedge was used to screen the busy road underplanted with colourful camellias. ¬†The garden beds were bordered in box and filled with exhuberant coloured perennials , lavender, Hibiscus, Radermachera, roses and herbs. ¬†Topiary was used throughout to frame the garden and features. ¬†Flowering plums, silver birch and Magnolias createded a backdrop to the garden¬†and provided dappled shade for the plants beneath.
In the rear courtyard box hedging, topiary and a Formstone urn on a plynth added style and elegance, enhanced with colour from ¬†perennials and lavender.