Bringing a run-down front yard back to life with inspiriting frontage and layer upon layer of depth.
“The off-centre dracaena draco provides vigorous architectural form”
This transformation features a playful mix of exotic and coastal plant choices to merge two aesthetics. Grouped for similar sun and water requirements, the planting palette includes a mixture of colours, shapes and textures for dialogic health.
As a biophilic marker, a layered ground covering of pig face spills over old brick. The off-centre ‘lawgiving’ dracaena draco provides vigorous architectural form. Building the timeless feeling of the property, with an old industrial feel, is a custom letterbox made from recycled railway sleepers and corten, framed with sandstone boulders.
Catering to the high coastal winds and salt spray are a mixture of low maintenance, hardy plants. Rhaphiolepis, westringia and prostrate casuarina (better known as ‘Cousin it’), among succulents like aloe vera and golden barrel cactus are interwoven to vary textures, height and colour, while equally tough exotic olive trees frame each side to provide shelter.
The result? A low-maintenance, natural blend of coastal and exotic design, creating subtle street privacy while giving an airy outlook from within the home.
Dragon tree (dracaena draco)
Black olive (olea europaea)
Cardboard cycad (zamia furfuracea)
Persian shield (strobilanthes gossypinus)
Coastal rosemary (westringia fruticosa)
Golden barrel cactus (echinocactus grusonii)
Prostrate she-oak (casuarina glauca)
Blue chalk sticks (curio repens)
Pigface (carpobrotus glaucescens)
Recycled railway sleeper & Corten letterbox