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Catering for a busy, budget-conscious client
with little time to tend to a garden, Gentry
Landscaping created a contemporary, low-
maintenance courtyard oasis.
The front courtyard would primarily be used as
an attractive, private sanctuary that would reduce
traffic noise, offer a space for entertaining and
include the client’s request for a water feature.
The design criteria included a hint of Balinese
style in the choice of plants, and a pleasant
outlook from the kitchen window.
To address the main obstacle of drainage, an
inconspicuous strip drain was installed along the
length of the garden and feature wall, hidden
beneath river stones.
By reducing the area of the existing garden
beds and raising them with rendered, granite-
capped walls, texture and another plane
of interest was created.
A lighter coloured exposed aggregate concrete
was chosen to provide a low-maintenance floor
that does not impose on the available area.
Completing the luscious, tropical feel is the
use of plants such as yukka, dracaenas, Strelitzia,
frangipani, mondo grass, Dianella tasmanica
and chilli plants.
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