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Campbell

A modern take on traditional Japanese Garden for a serene retreat and an Outdoor Dining Room where the food grows at the table. 

Happy Client

In 2012 we moved into a new townhouse with bare courtyards front and back. Our original idea was to have a picturesque Japanese style garden at the rear, which we could look onto from our studies, and a more formal productive garden at the front, with fruit vegetables and flowers mixed together.

Dimension Gardenscape introduced us to one of their garden designers, who came up with wonderful ideas we had not thought of: slate mounds to surround the potted plants at the rear and a timber deck at the front to provide some extra living space.

The cost to achieve this plan was a little beyond our budget, but Greg and Trevor worked with us to modify plant choices to get to an acceptable price. Their staff worked cheerfully and efficiently to do the installation with minimum disruption.

We love both spaces now – especially the front garden where we feel we have an extra room in the house and the opportunity to play with our vegetable garden. We are delighted at how productive our apple trees are. We often eat out there in the evening and try to include at least some food from our own garden in every evening meal.

Peter

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The Client

The Client

Our clients wanted a place to continue with their part time work from home offices, entertain visiting family and friends, and relax with some gardening, cooking and reading. Their brief was ambitious – themed gardens, formal, private and productive all within a tiny space and modest budget.

The Site

The Site

The townhouse is oriented with a rear courtyard facing south east built on the concrete slab over the shared carpark. The developers provided a tiled floor and metal fence at sale. This space opens directly from two rooms being used as home offices.

The front courtyard facing north west is bounded by a 1.2m high masonry wall which provided minimal privacy or separation from the street. This area consisted of concrete pavers and synthetic turf laid on roadbase. It opens out from the main living space and kitchen with full height glass sliding doors.

The Design

The Design

The design themes were given by the clients – a Japanese style garden for the rear courtyard and productive garden to the front. The designer was Dinah Meagher.

The main challenge for the designer was how to achieve a lush garden atmosphere in a pair of dead spaces. The solution was to use potted plants and trees in the tiled courtyard, and to excavate the roadbase and import new soil at the front.

Rear Courtyard

Rear Courtyard

The Japanese garden layout creates a meandering path from gate to doors and offers a variety of views to the central water feature from inside the house or from timber bench set in the garden.

The garden is framed by long rectangular troughs with Nandina to form a border and disguise the fence, while featuring several Japanese Maple Trees and Scleranthus moss in round pots. The floor is stacked with layers of large format Nimmitabel slate to resemble a miniature landscape, and finished with gravel and steppers. The minimal colour scheme of black and grey is in keeping with the modern house and the Japanese theme, and sets the colours of the plants at centre stage, especially in autumn.

Front Courtyard

Front Courtyard

The Productive garden is organized around a central timber deck and bridge extending flush with the interior floor surface of the living room. The deck is just the right size for a dinner table and chairs, and is protected by a resort umbrella on retractable arm. A raised seat platform acts as a gardening workbench or picnic table for the deck's various uses.

Planting includes pleached Olive trees to screen the two sides and a hedge of callistemon to screen the streetfront. Bordering the deck is a row of miniature apple trees and a low hedge of rosemary and sage. The rest of the ground space is used for a changeable mix of herbs and vegetables with the whole garden in easy reach of the deck.

Construction

Construction

The site offered two main challenges for construction – size and access. Both courtyards are quite small, about 40sqm each, making it difficult for more than a few people to work at once. Also being a shared title property there was no additional space to leave materials or equipment, so a highly organized site was essential.

We removed approximately 5 cubic metres of roadbase and imported a similar volume of new topsoil and mulch – all using bins and hand tools. We planned each day to reach a finish point where we could leave the site completely clean for the client and their neighbours.

We started by setting out the troughs and pots and fitting out the irrigation and electrical lines so that they would become invisible when completed. We barrowed in soil and plants, and fitted off irrigation before starting on the slate.

Total Construction Cost $29,950.00

Outdoor dining in the front yard
Finished front oasis
Finished front yard
Apple trees front yard
Front Garden and living space
Outdoor dining space
Garden retreat, zen tranquility
Completed rear garden
Water feature and potted plants
A retreat from the busy world
Rear garden plants
Rear Courtyard Design
Front courtyard design
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Dimension Gardenscape specialises in landscaping in Canberra and Queanbeyan. We specialise in balcony gardens, general garden design & landscaping and courtyard gardens and garden maintenance services.
21 Downey St
Karabar
NSW
2620
Australia