Garden Makeover - Warwick and Lesia

It's a common problem – you've got a garden, you've got lots of ideas but suddenly you are stumped. It's called information overload. Too many ideas can be just as bad as no idea.

Lesia and Warwick have done a lot of the prepatory work on their garden already like clearing and defining the boundaries but now they are totally stuck as to what to do with the space. It's very easy to get caught up on the idea of a specific theme, everything in your garden having to fit a certain look. Brendan is personally quite anti-themed-gardens as he feels they restrict potential. Without the restriction of a specific theme, you can find that elements you thought wouldn't work together actually do.

To get moving on your garden you need to look at it with fresh eyes. Pick out any key elements you do like and make a note about what you don't like. Another idea is to call in an expert or a like-minded friend to get a second opinion.

The Frangipani tree is definitely the focal point in Warwick and Lesia's garden – it creates a meeting place beneath its sprawling branches, a haven in the summer months and in winter when it loses it's leaves, the sun pours in. On the downside, the area that links the back of the house to the garden isn't flowing. The house feels separate, like it's looming over the garden.

Look at how your garden works presently and consider how you would like it to work. For this garden, Brendan decided to tie the inside to the outside better by constructing a pergola. This creates a functional entertaining space, made up of a planter box, a day-bed and some seating. Sandstone paving leads us to a patch of green under the wonderful frangi tree. Sandstone is a great way of introducing history into your garden. In this case, they were sourced locally so we also drew upon the surrounding environment. A water feature makes a great back-drop and draws people to the back of the garden where we planted lots of colourful plants. Lesia wanted lots of colour in the garden so we used heaps of reds, purples and pinks. The painted walls are a great way of introducing more colour and are an effective backdrop to plants.

If you can't remember the way a garden looked before you started redesigning it, you're doing something right. Warwick and Lesia's garden now has a beautiful human scale and room size spaces. It's a warm and sensuous garden, which is due largely to the reds and purples which are carried through from the walls to the plants to the cushions. It's a simple garden of circles and squares which are repeated and juxtaposed throughout, bringing a simplicity and elegance to the space. The house and garden are now intertwined with each space drawing you from one into the other.

Products and Suppliers

Porters Paints
  • 'Library Red' Course Stone Paint for the pillars (4L). $80/4l

  • 'Thoroughbred', 'Atlantic' and 'Latin Potion' in Stone Paint Fine – a total of five x 4L for the walls and water feature. $80/4l

Dulux Paint
  • Low sheen acrylic Weathersheild X10, 1L in lead for the garage door and facing, 1L in double strength lead for the garage guttering.

  • 2 x Vegas 35x45cm Oblong Cushion Eggplant SKU 2167 5782 $31.95

  • 4 x Tigris Cushion Grape 50x50cm SKU 2133 0896 $26.95

  • 2 x Tigris Cushion Heather 50x50cm SKU 2166 4052 $26.95

  • 1 x Fringe Cushion Red 43x30cm SKU 2168 0236 $24.95

  • 1 x Zara Cushion Multi SKU 2167 5768

  • 1 x Serape Large (Berry colured)

  • 1 x Serape Small

Bay Swiss
  • 2 x 382 Lamp H5012 Purple 382278 $34.95

  • 1 x 382 Lamp New Handy Lamp 382335 (says Blue but is purple) $34.95
Parterre Gardens
  • 2 x aubergine iron chairs $495.00

Interni Tiles
  • Crazy glass sea spray 300 x 300 @ $30 per sheet

  • Glass mosaic es22 Burgundy 20 x 20 mm @ $48 per sheet


  • Davelastic 5L - $42

  • Superbond off white - $15

  • Dampfast Kit - $110

  • Grout grey #4 2kg - $6.50

Aussie Skips
Ph: (02) 9712 5356

Bexley Caringbah Sand Supply
42 Parraueena Road
Caringbah NSW 2229
Ph: (02) 85 36 6266

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