Bayside Retreat

At Ian Barker Gardens, we believe your garden should complement the architecture it surrounds. Our Bayside clients wholeheartedly agreed with this theory and asked us to design a garden that reflected the traditional and contemporary elements of their home’s exterior.

The front garden was traditional in its layout. We opted for a soft, romantic perennial planting palette with bluestone paving accents which paid homage to the heritage of the home’s architecture. Buxus spheres, formal hedging and pleached trees created a structured backdrop for the perennials and were included to give the overall garden a manicured look.

The rear garden was a complete juxtaposition and designed to be much more streamlined and contemporary in design, matching the strong architecture of the modern house extension designed by Powell & Glenn. The planting beds focused more on foliage textures than flowers, while the Ginkgo biloba trees helped to soften the overall space with their sculptural leaf shape. The striking wall feature dressed in blue and green ceramic fish scale tiles injected some serious ‘wow factor’ into the garden.

The property also had a rooftop overlooking Melbourne’s Bayside, which our clients wanted to utilise for casual entertaining. Like many rooftop gardens, the sun and wind can be challenging. We installed planter boxes around the perimeter of the rooftop garden and planted sun-loving plants, such as Sunflowers, that could withstand the conditions.

Plant Selection

    • Bergenia cordifolia
    • Buxus sempervirens
    • Ginkgo biloba
    • Iris germanica
    • Persicaria affinis
    • Liriope muscari
    • Pleached Carpinus betulus

Hardscape Specification

    • Bluestone paving
    • Fish scale pool tiles
    • In-built concrete BBQ
    • Concrete bench seat

Landscape Area

    • Front and rear gardens
Design by - Ian Barker Garden Design
Constructed by - Ian Barker Landscapes
Photography by - Claire Takacs
Maintenance by - Ian Barker Gardens