Deepdene Forest

Our Deepdene Forest project is now officially complete. To say it was a privilege to design and construct this ‘old girl’ is an understatement.

Not only are our clients absolute garden lovers, who enthusiastically embraced the entire process, but their historical one-acre property was also built back in the 1860s, and is listed on the National Trust. Our design and construction brief was to preserve and restore as much of the original garden charm as possible, whilst dedicating areas to entertain and relax.

In the front garden, our plan was to add a modern twist to old world style – paying homage to the original garden designer, believed to be William Guilfoyle, creator of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne. We designed and constructed a large sweeping lawn edged with garden beds of mixed perennials and grasses, all offset by original established Pin Oaks.

Preserving the nationally registered 135+ year old Cork Oak, Quercus suber, was an absolute must for us – going to the lengths of x-raying the ground before excavation to ensure we had a clear plan of its root system. In an effort to preserve as much of the property’s original charm as possible, we also restored the original rose arbours and existing sculptures back to their former glory.

Outdoor entertaining was the goal for the rear garden. We used a very similar planting theory to the front garden by interpreting traditional old world style in a more contemporary manner, to allow a seamless flow from the old to the new. The garden is layered with an evergreen hedge of Prunus lusitanica providing a backdrop to the elegant pleached Hornbeams, Carpinus betulus.  An array of perennials in balanced tones of purple, blue, pink and red make up the foreground.

The talking point of this area is a 13 metre long bench seat clad in bluestone herringbone tiles, with mitred edges. A tranquil pond surrounded by statuesque topiary was introduced to add to an overall feel of calmness and relaxation.

Recently completed after 2 years in the making, our wonderful clients wasted no time at all, taking immediate advantage of their new landscape by hosting a family wedding on the main lawn. Professional photographs of this garden have just been taken by award-winning photographer Claire Takacs. As is the case with all our gardens, they get better with age. This will certainly be one that we will continue to share over the years to come.

We are truly grateful and so blessed to work on such an amazing project.  Thank you to our incredible clients for entrusting us with such an honour.

Plant Selection

    • Quercus suber (Cork Oak) – Heritage listed
    • Syzygium smithii (Topiary)
    • Salvia nemerosa ‘Caradonna’
    • Verbena bonariensis (Purpletop Vervain)
    • Kniphofia ‘Strawberries and cream’
    • Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker’s Red’
    • Cercis Canadensis ‘Oklahoma’
    • Rhaphiolepis indica ‘Oriental Pearl’
    • Polygonatum x hybridum (Solomans Seal)

Hardscape Specification

    • Sawn Bluestone Pavers
    • Bluestone Crazy Paving Stepper
    • 20mm Granite Rock Gravel
    • RTF Tall Fescue Lawn
    • Lattice screening
    • Paved paths with bluestone field tiles in herringbone pattern

Landscape Area

    • Approx 3,115m²
    • Front and Rear Garden