Landscape Design & Construction: Ian Barker Gardens. Photographer: Claire Takacs
The Ian Barker team was commissioned to give their Bayside clients a complete landscape make-over. The brief involved designing both the front and back garden areas to have very distinct styles.
They designed the front garden to be traditional in layout, containing bluestone paving and a soft, romantic perennial planting palette – perfectly complementing the architecture of the heritage house. Buxus spheres, formal hedging and pleached trees create a structured backdrop for the perennials, and were included to give the overall garden a manicured look.
The rear garden was designed to be much more streamlined and contemporary in design, matching the strong architecture of the modern house extension. The planting beds focused more on foliage textures than flowers, while the Gingko trees helped to soften the overall space with their sculptural leaf shape. A striking feature wall tiled in blue and green ceramic fish scale tiles was included to inject some serious ‘wow factor’ into the space.
For furniture, the Tribu Illum and Gloster Asta collections were selected to complement the modern architecture and design. There’s no doubt this private oasis will provide many years of enjoyment and relaxation for all of those who visit.
“It’s no surprise that we love working on creative projects that allow collaboration between the architect, interior designer, builder and landscape designers. When all parties are detail focused, the end result can be truly spectacular. This is definitely one of those jobs.”
“We are thrilled with how this garden has turned out – recently being awarded first place at the 2017 Landscaping Victoria Industry Awards, for ‘Residential Landscape Construction’.”