Glen Iris Formal Garden

The brief was to create a fairly formal garden with a large entertaining area and a small lawn for dogs to run. It was a high priority to screen the two storey house behind with trees. The design needed to provide access between the old and new garden. Plants needed to be selected to bring existing beds to life. The client wanted to use materials similar to those existing such as the carport piers.

There were some small trees along the back fence. These had to be taken out because we would not have been able to create the lovely entertaining area with this low garden bed in situ. There was a natural slope towards the house, so the garden was divided into three levels. A new retaining wall was built a meter from the fence, which included seating for the entertaining area. The second level includes a paved entertaining area with matching garden beds on each side. The last level was a small lawn with steppers and steps as required to connect to other areas.

In the entertaining area, retaining walls and wide steps were built using re-cycled antique bricks and capped with sawn bluestone. The paving and steppers were built using sawn bluestone.

The second image shows the walls being built and is a reminder that building a garden takes time and it can look rather messy during the project. The fun day is when the plants go in. However, gardening is a process, and a garden takes about three years of growing to look mature.

Glen Iris Formal Garden Design
Glen Iris Formal Garden Design

Pyrus calleryana ’Capital’ was planted to hide the two storey house behind and under-planted with Rhaphiolepis x indica ’Snow Maiden’. Buxus sempervirens was chosen to provide formality of hedges and topiary balls. Some other plants selected were Hydrangea quercifolia ’Snowflake’, Lavandula stoechas ’Avonview’, Arthropodium cirratum ‘Matapouri Bay’, Sedum ’Autumn Joy’, Salvia nemorosa, Mandevilla x amoena ’Aloha Red’, Gardenia augusta ’Florida’, Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ and bamboo Fargesia Fortune to provide screening for the spa. 

Pyrus calleryana ’Capital’ was planted to hide the two storey house behind and under-planted with Rhaphiolepis x indica ’Snow Maiden’. Buxus sempervirens was chosen to provide formality of hedges and topiary balls. Some other plants selected were Hydrangea quercifolia ’Snowflake’, Lavandula stoechas ’Avonview’, Arthropodium cirratum ‘Matapouri Bay’, Sedum ’Autumn Joy’, Salvia nemorosa, Mandevilla x amoena ’Aloha Red’, Gardenia augusta ’Florida’, Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ and bamboo Fargesia Fortune to provide screening for the spa. 

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