Our Job of the Month for August is our Malvern East project, which our landscaping team have just begun construction on. These clients asked us to design a beautiful and functional rear garden to transform what was almost a blank canvas, into a special place for the whole family to enjoy. Their wish list included a lawn for the kids to play, a swimming pool, spa, and areas for outdoor living.
East Malvern Project Masterplan designed by Ian Barker Gardens. Images have been sourced from google and are indicative only.
The property’s rear garden is relatively small, situated between the rear of the house and the double storey garage/carport, so it was important for our design team to use the space wisely. Located just outside of the lounge area will be an alfresco with outdoor dining, a built in BBQ, and a scattering of herb and vegetable pots.
Bluestone paving will extend from the alfresco to the rectangular lawn area, where offset bluestone steppers will create a walkway down one side of the garden from the alfresco to the carport. Adjacent to the lawn will be a raised area containing the swimming pool with built-in spa, and a seating area sheltered by an open steel pergola on which Boston Ivy will eventually creep across. A timber batten screen obscuring the pool equipment area will also house a waterfall feature, spilling a tranquil stream of water into the pool.
Hand drawn perspective sketch by Ian Barker Gardens.
Surrounding the offset steppers will be a cluster of Betula Pendula (Silver Birch) trees, and ground cover plants including Ajuga reptans and Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’. A stunning Acer ‘Norwegian Sunset’ tree will provide shade (not to mention brilliant red colour in Autumn) to the lawn area. Pops of blue and purple tones will add interest to the garden in the form of Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ and Liriope muscari flanking the pool and lawn areas, and Omphalodes ‘Cherry Ingram’ down one side of the house. The garden down the side of the house will also contain sculptural Buxus spheres in varying sizes and an Acer palmatum.
Images have been sourced from google and are indicative only.
Although still in the very early stages of construction, we think this project will look amazing once complete! With a few years of growth, this garden is sure to be a lush and tranquil oasis for our clients to relax and unwind in. Stay tuned……….
In the meantime, keep scrolling to see some images from construction….
Rear garden before construction commences.
The existing garden is a blank canvas.
Excavation begins on the Malvern East project.
The East Malvern project in the very early stages of construction.