2011 Garden 11 - Ponsonby
For a family of five, Trish Bartleet worked with Chris Fox, architect, to maximize space on this tight site and find room for a lawn, swimming pool, spa and outdoor fireplace. As the main living area was upstairs, Trish felt it important to create a garden that was desirable to come down into from above. Reusing some existing plants, she created screening on the boundaries and then 3 stone walls, with water feature and light boxes to raise the garden and draw the eye. Plants like cycads and bromeliads with an open wide form were chosen to look good from above. The wooden base of the spa is hidden by a raised planter and upright vertical plants like Chamaedora palms and strelitzia line the boundaries to save space.