by Rebecca Wilson from Earthwork Landscape Architects in Wellington
The courtyard area makes use of the sunny, sheltered aspect with a riot of flowering, bold foliage plants, whilst the lower courtyard is shady and used more as a viewing garden.This garden, owned by a couple with Pacific and Asian roots, incorporates a mix of both subtropical and Japanese themes in both the planting and detailing.
Here a Japanese shade garden has been created, with a waterfall style water feature at one end which turns an ugly shady concrete retaining wall into a dramatic focal point. Plants have been selected which play on varieties of greens and textures, with seasonal “special effects” provided by the deciduous maples and flowering orchids.
A dramatic, loose checkerboard pattern is created with the various textures of decking, gravel and Irish Moss ground-cover planting.