I’m finally at a point with our landscaping that I feel I can share a few pics.It’s taken a while to get here, we are not done, but it’s moving forward.
As shared in my previous landscaping post the idea was to subdivide the garden, which was largely lawn by creating space for a patio, a playhouse for Nathan and pockets of form plants and textures. My deadline was June 17th, I missed it, but as of today I’m where I wanted to be.
I went a little overboard on the playhouse, which became a black Nordic inspired cabin with a deck and almost floor to ceiling wrap around window, but I LOVE it!
Sadly I had a fight with my contractor and threw him off site during the building, which meant I had to do a lot of the work myself, action-ed in dribs and drabs with all this rain we’ve been having.
I designed and coordinated the hard and landscaping, but enlisted the help of my friend Anton Fourie from Stonescapes and his staff to action my ideas, something he does with efficiency and precision, a rare trait today!
As regular readers know, I’m a modernist, I prefer clean lines and have a penchant for mid-century design, including landscaping.
I wanted to work largely with evergreen form plants, sculptural plants in shades of green, grey, crimson and salmon pink.
I found an invaluable landscape resource over at the Eichler For Sale website with a list of commonly used mid-mod plants.
The selection is minimal, two varieties of New Zealand Flax (Phormium Tenax), some Lily Grass (Ophiopogon Variegata) and Blue Mountain Grass (Festuca Glauca) in one bed. Cape Reed Grass (Chrondopetalum Tectorum) in another and lastly Hedge Bamboo (Bambusa Multiplex) in another.
The Flax will grow rather tall and create a nice hedge in time, as seen below.