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Existing site:
This small sloping courtyard was enclosed with attractive brick pillars and walls and was bare, apart from a shade-giving tree, some pampas grass and three steps leading down from the breakfast room.

Client brief:
The garden had to be low maintenance. The gradient down to the gate had to be made easy to navigate and any extra steps needed to be shallow. A seating area and an area to enjoy plants were also required. The client was happy to lose the pampas grass.

Design solution:
A polished sandstone path begins with two additional curved steps and continues around a paved circle before gently sloping away to the gate. The treads from the original steps were replaced with sandstone to match the new path. Across the centre of the garden the path was made level with the circle to extend the area available for seating when required.

The raised bed of green oak sleepers, seen newly planted in the photos, contains plants that will clothe the fences and softly flop over the edges of the bed. Early flowering bulbs, autumn-flowering asters and winter foliage extend the interest through the seasons.

Landscaping by PB Landscapes of Melbourne -

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