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Job of the Month – Upwey Project

Our July Job of the Month is our Upwey Project, which is currently under construction. The owners of this traditional white weatherboard home needed a beautiful garden to complement the architecture of their charming house and to provide them with ample space to relax outdoors. Six weeks in to construction, the garden is just beginning to take shape and we are all very excited to see the progress from here!

Masterplan for the Upwey Project designed by award winning Melbourne garden design company Ian Barker Gardens

Upwey Project Mood Image Strip

Upwey Project Masterplan designed by Ian Barker Gardens. Images have been sourced from google and are indicative only.

The large front garden will incorporate steppers through the lawn, a timber bench seat surrounded by meadow planting, garden beds of mixed planting in front of the house, and a timber post screen to obscure the water tank located behind the garage. In the side garden will be a hedged rectangular lawn area planted with three Cornus ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’ trees to provide shade. An outdoor armchair situated under one of the trees will be the perfect place to unwind and read a book in the warmer months.

Hand drawn perspective sketch of the front garden at the Upwey project designed by Melbourne landscape designers Ian Barker Gardens.

Hand drawn perspective sketch of the front garden. Drawn by Bethany Willamson, Ian Barker Gardens.

The rear garden will feature a large expanse of lawn with steppers through the grass connecting the house to the western most part of the garden. Generous garden beds will contain mixed plantings of Lavandula, Buddleia, Salvia, and Echinops, in addition to other plants. A rectangular area of crazy paving provides space for outdoor dining and will step up onto a narrow lawn area at the very back of the garden. To break up the expanse of paving and provide shade, three Ginkgo biloba trees under-planted with Erigeron karvinskianus (Seaside Daisy) will be planted among the crazy pavers.

Hand drawn perspective sketch of the rear garden at the Upwey project showing three Ginkgo biloba trees under-planted with Seaside Daisy poking through the crazy paving. Attached to the stone retaining wall is a cantilevered timber bench seat . Sketch drawn by Bethany Williamson, Design Manager at Ian Barker Gardens.

Hand drawn perspective sketch showing the Ginkgo trees planted among the crazy paving. Drawn by Bethany Williamson, Ian Barker Gardens.

In the north-west corner of the garden a pond split in two by a stone wall will sit adjacent to a large garden bed. Water will flow into both sides of the pond from spouts located on either side of the wall, creating a feeling of tranquillity. The ambience created by the water feature will be a perfect complement to the outdoor dining setting and cantilevered timber bench seat.

The Ian Barker Gardens design team have chosen planting and material palettes that work beautifully with the traditional style of the house and will ensure that the garden integrates seamlessly. The planting palette makes use of many of the pre-existing plants, as well as introducing a range of others in shades of pink, purple, pale blue and white.

The plant palette used at the Upwey project consists of plants in shades of pink, purple, pale blue and white.

Images have been sourced from google and are indicative only.

The hardscape includes bluestone (steppers and crazy paving), natural stone (stone clad bench seats and wall), and timber (bench seats and timber post screen), which harmonize beautifully together, in addition to being the perfect choices for a traditional garden.

Although only in the early stages of construction, we think the Upwey project will be stunning once finished! We can’t wait to see the final product and will be sure to post an update later down the track.  In the meantime, keep scrolling to see some images from the first few weeks of construction….

 Existing large rocks to be re used in Upwey garden designed by Melbourne landscape design company Ian Barker Gardens

Large existing rocks will be incorporated into the new design.

Joel from the Ian Barker Landscapes crew excavating the rear garden of this Upwey property in preparation for building a brand new garden which was designed by Ian Barker Gardens

Joel from IBL excavates the garden in preparation to build the new design.

Site setout takes place at the Upwey Project in preparation for the implementation of a beautiful new garden designed by Ian Barker Gardens

Landscaping can be a muddy business!

Small areas of garden bed are framed out in the paved area ready to house Ginkgo biloba trees with underplantings of Erigeron karvinskianus (Seaside Daisy)

One of the small garden beds in the paved area is framed out. These will contain magnificent Ginkgo biloba trees under-planted with Seaside Daisy.

The Ian Barker Landscapes team box out the paved area with concrete mesh in preparation for the concrete pour

The area to be paved is boxed out with concrete mesh
in preparation for the concrete pour.

Concrete has been poured in the paved area of the rear garden around the small garden bed areas

The concrete paving base in the rear garden has been poured.

The concrete slab has been poured in the rear garden at the Upwey Project and is now ready for the paving to be laid by the Ian Barker Landscapes crew

The retaining wall is constructed using core filled masonry blocks, which will be clad with stone.

The pond is constructed in the rear garden of the Upwey Project designed by Melbourne garden design company Ian Barker Gardens

Construction of the pond has begun.

Garden walls are constructed with core filled masonry blocks which whill be clad with stone

The steps up to the rear lawn area are constructed with core filled masonry blocks.

IBL Project Supervisor Shaun begins to clad the garden walls with 'Jindera' loose walling from Eco Outdoors

Landscaper Daniel cladding the retaining wall with ‘Jindera’ loose walling from Eco Outdoors.

Stone cladding the walls will result in a beautiful traditional effect matching the rest of the garden perfectly in the Upwey Project designed by Ian Barker Gardens

Cladding the walls in stone will result in a beautiful traditional effect, complementing the rest of the garden perfectly.

By |2018-12-01T07:57:33+10:00July 27th, 2016|Blog, Job of the Month|1 Comment

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  1. Dan tyrrell July 27, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Looks great
    Can’t wait to see more

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