02 May Lilyfield, Inner West
This inner city courtyard garden had various levels to work with and fixed elements such as the house floor level and the large mature frangipani tree at the lowest level of the space. The design intent was to create a usable space for outdoor dining and entertaining and creating a seamless flow from the new renovations recently completed inside the property.
Polished concrete flooring gave a modern feel to the space whilst the BBQ and dining area that are surrounded by hedging and a steel pergola with ornamental grape, adds a feeling of intimacy. Stone clad raised planters add texture and warmth to the space while timber bench seats give areas to chill out and relax whilst listening to the gentle trickle from the water feature that cleverly interacts with the concrete slab.
The planting is full and lush showing seasonal interest and working well with the various microclimates on the site whilst maintaining an overall theme of being low maintenance. The planting scheme is continued to the entry courtyard where ornamentals and edibles sit side by side in bespoke corten steel planters.
The combination of hard built elements and soft luscious planting help to create a space that suits the property and beckons the owners and their guests out to the space.