This is a classic 1960’s flat. It is a small space both inside and out. These shots were taken immediately after the landscaping and planting.
This style of flat is very common to Melbourne and experienced a resurgence in popularity in the 80’s when many were refurbished and the common land was sold off and formed new courtyards for the ground floor flats. A very fortunate evolution for this building style.
Our client asked us to create a garden that gave a nice view from inside, some privacy from the street, and was dog friendly. In response we have created a very small lawn centred around the existing birch tree and step stones through the garden to where there will be room for a small cafe setting. The planting theme is tropical, the block is south east, so lot’s of morning sun. The clumping bamboo creates a lush feeling with minimal planting, step stones create a path with no harsh lines, the gaps will be filled with ground cover plants that will form a mat of green. And, of course the dog kennel nestles into the garden where Zara has a prime view of the living room.
This was a great makeover for an inner city courtyard, it is functional, creates a great view from inside and an outdoor room to add to the living space. And, it’s dog friendly.