Queens Park Garden Design
The design of this Queens park garden is very much influenced by the colours, textures, paintings and Asian influences reflected in the clients home, from their travels abroad.
They wanted to create a sense of intrigue and anticipation, and to offer a journey through the garden, rather than presenting the whole space at first glance. The view out is framed by two open Japanese style screens in fine metal, creating a picture window onto the rest of the garden. The intention is to draw you down the focal axis path that leads to the back of the garden to a hardwood circle sculpture placed on a cube of corten. Deep planting beds provide a translucent screen to the newly designed, raised Iroko deck area, which provides a lounge area for the family and maximises the southerly aspect. In the centre of the deck is a corten sunken fire pit, with a simple self-contained cube water feature directly opposite, balancing the design. A third Japanese style screen of opaque Perspex, frames the space and deck, and hides from view the shed behind.
Photos by Marianne Majerus
The area directly outside the back door is of adequate size for a 6-8 person table, but with the addition of a large planting bed in front of the Japanese screen, to soften the hard landscaping. Along the left hand boundary a feature wall of Cor-Ten hides an existing ugly fence, and a central circle is cut out and fitted with opaque perspex , echoing a Japanese moon window; especially enchanting when lit up at night. This circle also reflects the circular hardwood sculpture at the rear axis of the garden.
The Planting is quite simple, with large hummocks and undulating mounds of grasses, ferns and Pittosporum, occasionally punctuated with bursts of white flowers. Climbers soften all the boundaries and the planting is very low maintenance.
Lighting is key in this sleek Queens Park Garden, emphasising the features at night by back lighting the opaque glass, the sculptures, moon windows, trees and up lighting the bamboo.