This garden by Richard Bellamy, on show at the Melbourne Garden Design Fest, put on by Rotary in November 2016, is a garden I keep thinking about.
It is an inner-city garden, not that large by many standards and the house takes up most of the block, leaving a difficult space, steeply sloping towards the Yarra River.
The steep slope and the frontage to the Yarra means that it is essential to manage water from the site, making sure water leaving the site is clean and not enriched with fertilisers. However, the owners wanted to have a functional garden in this space and one that would provide a passive space for relaxation.
Function and relaxation meant the garden needed to be terraced with practical lawns.
These terraces needed to be secured with walls and heavy planting. And to reduce the need for fertilisers and to attract wildlife to the area, indigenous planting was used.
These practicalities are all wonderful, but the bit I love the most is the way plants have been used. This garden has a strong formal element. Strongly clipped balls of Westringia mix it with crisp contemporary fencing and casual seating on the walls.
And structured stone pathways and steps lead to a very geometric deck, all softened with blowsy planting, spilling out to create that relaxed effect.