The site initially consisted of a tired and neglected front yard with 90% lawn, some bricks and a lone Golden Diosma. The client expressed an interest in replacing the lawn with a space that was functional, sustainable and visually interesting from the street and the large windows to the front of the residence. The main focus of the design was to create a native planting scheme that showcased local natives plants that could handle the locations sometimes wild, coastal conditions.
The pared back style of the garden was chosen to allow the client, a plant lover, to enjoy the coastal mixed planting throughout the seasons without any distraction by overbearing hardscape features. Vertical hardwood sleepers and sandstone boulders provide some hard contrasts to the flowing grasses and help to ground the garden. In time, the Doryanthes excelsa will grow up and out of the garden to a height of two metres and contrast well with the soft, flowing Lomandra and Austrostipa grasses.