In Harmony with Nature
This garden is a hidden beauty and enchanted space, nestled away behind a boundary wall. The Utopia Landscapes design acts to not only soften the contemporary architecture of this new family home and settle it into its surrounds but to also create a truly special welcome as you enter the home.
Aaron from Utopia Landscapes used the bold and striking architecture of the property as his core inspiration for designing the owners’ garden surrounds. Working with the shapes, architectural lines, color palette and overall aesthetic, he has fashioned an outdoor oasis that complements the contemporary style of the home while at the same time tying it into the tropical Queensland landscape.
The solid surfaces in the garden and the planting schedule were carefully chosen to accomplish this dual task. The modular bluestone paving used throughout the garden offsets the clean, white authority of the home and the modular, sharp-edge paving is in keeping with the overall structural and lineal style of the architecture.
The Coolum random ashlar walling adds another layer of organic color and texture and Aaron purposefully employed a dark grey grout to tie this back to the color palette of the home and bluestone.
The planting thrives in Queensland, responding well to the climate and conditions. By working with a tropical plant palette, Aaron has created a lush garden that’s vibrant all year round; providing a continuous spectrum of color and life. The abundant planting will also grow in time to be a thick, tropical garden; again adding to the softness of the space while simultaneously enhancing the bold lines of the architecture.
The water feature adds further depth to the garden and is a beautiful asset, viewable from outside the property by passers-by.
Another key feature of this design is the large fence running the length of the property. Its scale is perfectly proportioned to the size of the home and the textured Coolum stone surface adds character and interest to the street front. The design of the fence also allows passers-by glimpses of the tropical garden oasis that lies behind the wall, adding an aura of fantasy to the property.
This feeling continues as you cross the threshold, as visitors need to weave up paved paths, steps and terraced areas, past the water feature and through lush tropical planting before arriving at the front door. And it’s from this elevated position that you can then look back and appreciate the garden’s complex yet beautiful design.