Garden Boundaries

At Blackheath the garden suffers from a lack of definition between garden and bush, therefore appearing to be without boundaries. Of course the house and the house next door form a type of boundary, but noticeably absent are any form of fences which allows the garden to bleed down into the bush, and in return the bush seems to creep right up to the house.

When a garden is without boundaries, it means that you must be acutely aware of where you to ensure a true 'sense of place'. Unlike city living, typical boundaries like fences and walls, will look out of place. What is required is the implication of a boundary, which will blend with the landscape without disrupting the vista of the valley and bush beyond.

As the owners of this garden are both artists, the use of different materials and design are encourage. With that in mind two of the boundaries will be implied by the use of wire balls and a large aluminium frame. Unlike a palling fence, these elements indicate that there is some sort of an ethereal barrier without becoming an obstacle that stops you from venturing into the bush if you so desire.

The third boundary runs parallel with the neighbours house, and while this in itself creates a boundary, there still exists the need for something which ties this side of the garden in with the rest of the garden. The answer is the installation of two screens made from perspex, timber, aluminium and fibro, which act as a backdrop to the garden and obscures the neighbours house.

So in designing these boundaries, Brendan has had the freedom to really think outside the square and design something totally conceptual and unique. The boundaries here are certainly an example of 'fencing' that you may never see anywhere else, and in this style totally depict and set the tone for the design of the rest of the garden. Such is the power of the boundary. So treat your boundaries with as much consideration as you would any other element in your garden, and you will see that your garden can bevastly improved and will instantly be taken up to the next level.

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