Suburban Garden Design Principles


This garden in its present state is not a garden that screams 'I need a makeover'. On the contrary, it's a garden that has received a lot of love and attention, and such passionate DIYers are Michele and Geoff. But for all their good intentions and laborious efforts, this garden is lacking that certain je ne sais quoi, that spark, that illusive thing we refer to as chutzpah. This garden needs a bit of professional help and clever re-invention to take it to the next level and bring it up to its full potential.

The aim here is to pare back the fussiness in the garden and to create a clean and bold blank canvas and simplified palette of materials that won't clash with the house. In order to simplify the boundaries, we will be completely covering the colourbond fences. Brendan has designed a series of platforms (to replace steps) which lead you from the deck down into the garden proper. The large platforms are generous spaces that exude a strong presence and purpose in the garden. Their proportions also make you want to stop and hover.


Brendan has successfully stripped down and pared back a garden that was busy and fussy and had too much going on in it for the family to enjoy it to its full potential. It was full of awkward spaces and clashing surfaces. The garden is almost unrecognizable even though a lot of the original elements still remain. It is striking, and sexy, yet perfectly practical and functional.

Brendan has come up with a design that is modernist in feel, made up largely of geometric grids, hard angles and straight lines. The garden he has created has become a simplified, elegant, architectural space, which is nurturing and enticing. Geometric shapes work very well in the urban vernacular, as they are very familiar to us and therefore very comforting, also because they are all about order, clarity and precision. This is a sculptural garden without being a garden of sculptures. Each element is slightly disparate from the other but somehow seem to be part of a family of objects that make up an almost miro-esque formation.

Want more? We thought you might like this video.


Sign Out

Join the Conversation

Please note, LifeStyle cannot respond to all comments posted in our comments feed. If you have a comment or query you would like LifeStyle to respond to, please use our feedback form.