Grunters Way, Gnarabup

This contemporary beach house had a severely overgrown garden. A recent bushfire wiped out a lot of mature vegetation and in its place unwanted undergrowth thrived. Prior to our engagement on this project the new owners arranged for the large, front area to be partially cleared leaving behind the more mature Peppie trees to provide instant structure. The canvas was set.

A drawing outlined the fluid ideas from the clients and gave the team a perfect platform. The raised lawn area by the house was already retained with a limestone wall which made it an easy material choice for creating access to the new garden down a freeform staircase and to further retain a level seating area.

Grunters Way, Gnarabup

Corten edging was used to form the curved pathways across and through the garden. Crushed, white granite was sourced to create the pathway with embedded natural slabs guiding you through the higher open area. Recycled railway sleepers lead you further down the path. The white granite blends well with the natural limestone used and contrasts perfectly against the plants and mulch.

More trees were strategically added to those left, in order to create screening from the neighbours. Below this canopy, layers of planting were developed around the paths creating protection from the wind, interest and to blend the hard and softscaping. It was important to the client not to be completely shut off from the street so lower group planting was used to towards the verge with groundcovers in-between.

With the coastal conditions, appropriate plant varieties were carefully selected. The site also sat at the bottom of a ridge, so water tolerant planting was used through the lowest point to help combat flooding and ground erosion. In keeping with the tones of the natural vegetation, muted colours were utilised.