MIFGS 2019 - 'The Other Side'

Created in Collaboration between Jason Hodges, Candeo Design & Semken Landscaping .

For many Australians “the grass is always greener on the other side”.

This garden for Lawn Solutions is “The Other Side”.

Often the modern family desires a garden, a place to be able to create memories. The days of the hills hoist and strategically placed lemon tree in a back garden filled with lawn are long gone. With this garden we have set out to create a garden for those with busy lives where looking out onto a garden is as important as being in a garden.

With one design partner of this garden from Sydney and the other design partner of this garden from Melbourne, references to iconic building materials have been used from both states where the cities reside. Sandstone wall cladding has been used from Sydney, while Bluestone paving has been used from Melbourne. The Pergola has been painted with the same paint and colour used on the Sydney Harbor Bridge.

The family outdoor entertaining area forms the main hub of the garden, providing the ability to dine as well as lounge, relax and appreciate what Australian outdoor living has to offer. The primary source of entertainment for this family space is the rectangular plunge pool.

As you sit underneath the bold structured pergola in the main entertainment area, Waterhousia floribunda and the lower planting screen the fence line and wrap around you to create a private outdoor space. The eye follows the screening foliage along the back and you step down onto a mid-level lawn area, which is bordered by a lower garden bed and the raised swimming pool.

Stepping down from the decking towards the front of the garden we find a decking landing. The mid-level landing, a perfect place to read a book or just stop for a minute or an hour. Stepping down further, you find a paved area with an outdoor sofa and occasional chair around feature fire bowl. This area is surrounded by colourful and textured feature planting and reveals a Perspex window which forms part of the swimming pool wall. At night the swimming pool lights will penetrate the Perspex to bathe the area in a soft lighting glow.

The path from the deck landing to the front of the garden displays both a solid paved walkway and stepping stones with garden beds and lawn integrated in-between to soften a wide path entrance. The feature lawn area at the front is detailed with mixed planting, using shapes, colour and texture in combination with added flowers dispersed through the area. The lawn adorns lifesize, playful Australian bronze Labrador sculptures playing on the lawn while mother Labrador watches over.

The varying heights and levels, along with quality materials selected compliment this garden to create the back garden style vista where the grass is greener on “The Other Side”.