Southgate Sanctuary

We promised closure and here it is!

Back in 2016 we highlighted our Southgate project nearing completion. We were commissioned to design and construct the garden area surrounding 28 luxurious executive apartments in Southgate Ave, Melbourne, CBD. Our goal was to create a functional and practical space for both residents and passersby to really enjoy and appreciate the beauty of nature.

We moved away from rigidity and structure in this design. This garden is fluid and free flowing in nature, with a contemporary hardscape featuring plenty of curves and a planting palette of lush perennials designed in a naturalistic fashion.

The garden design incorporates new plantings, along with a number of structural works including timber bench seating, concrete pathways, a concrete podium and staircase to provide access from the building to the garden, semi permeable corten steel screening, and concrete access ramps with handrails.

An abundance of naturalistic perennial planting surrounds the structural elements of the garden to create an oasis where residents can relax, socialise and spend time in the great outdoors. Some of the beautiful perennial plants we have selected for this garden include Calamagrostis, Agastache, Helenium, Salvia, Sedum and Sanguisorba.

We were just waiting for the usual months to pass before organising photography. And in March this year we were fortunate enough to have Claire Takacs (multi award winning international photographer) do just that!

We think you’ll agree that these photos speak for themselves.

Plant Selection

    • Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’
    • Agastache aurantiaca ‘Sweet Lili’
    • Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’
    • Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’
    • Sedum telephium ‘Matrona’
    • Sanguisorbia officinalis ‘Tanna’

Hardscape Specification

    • Timber bench seating
    • Pebble finish concrete pathways
    • Corten steel blade screens
    • Pebble finish concrete access ramps with handrails

Landscape Area

    • 405m2