The importance of good boundaries is obvious with interiors, where if you walked into a room that had badly textured and coloured walls, their presence would be so overbearing that you would not be able to appreciate the furniture in the room. No matter how elegant or chic the sofa, the state of the walls would completely degenerate it. Garden boundaries have the same effect in your garden and should therefore be given the same consideration as all the other elements. If you ever have the luxury of building a garden from scratch, be sure not to scrimp and save on the fencing. Choose a boundary for your garden that can act as the perfect backdrop for your plants.
Solid walls with a smooth or rough textured render are usually best in urban environments, where they successfully screen you from the neighbours, any undesirable views, and can successfully reduce noise levels from busy roads etc. They can be treated with intense colour for a dramatic effect or can be left natural for a more subdued, understated effect.
The boundaries in Michele's garden aren't doing this garden any favours. They consist of faded jungle green colourbond fencing, rows of mop top conifers, 12ft high lattice, and an opening fully exposing the laundry. Colourbond fencing is one of the most popular types of fencing in Australia mainly because it is durable and affordable. However, it has never won any style awards and for very good reason.
The solution in this garden is a combination of surfaces and textures which will create an effective backdrop for the new design of the garden. One section of the jungle green colourbond fence will be screened by a freestanding fibro wall and painted in Porters Paint instant Rust paint, and interspersed with Nature Reed from house of Bamboo. The second section of the jungle green colourbond fence will be clad with fibro and paint in 'Redback' Fine Stone paint from Porters Paint. The garage/laundry will be concealed by erecting new fibro walls and painted in 'Base Metal' Industrial Lustre from Porters Paint. The brickwork of the house will be painted with a custom made purple in Fine Stone paint available from porters Paint. A freestanding bamboo rod screen, available from House of Bamboo, will be erected between the new red wall and the brush fencing to ease the contrast. To screen the shed we will erect a stacked slate stone wall, available from Eco Concepts.
So in designing these boundaries, Brendan has had the freedom to really think outside the square and come up with a solution that is totally conceptual and unique. The boundaries here 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 be vastly improved and will instantly be taken up to the next level.
The Eco Concepts Slate Stone wall conceals the old shed. Instant rust, Industrial Lustre in Base Metal used to create the aged wall effect, available from Porters Paint. Nature Reed available from House of Bamboo.
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