Low maintenance, high impact

The garden design

To create a modern, low maintenance garden with informal gravel planting inspired by our client’s native homeland of Australia.

The challenge

The property is a British Grade II listed cottage in a conservation area.


To achieve this look we used:

  • Myrtus
  • Dicksonia antarctica
  • Callistemon
  • Cistua x argenteus ‘Silver Pink’
  • Acacia dealabata
  • Eucalyptus gunnii ‘France Bleu”
  • Astelia ‘Silver Shadow’

Elements used:

  • Lighting
  • Irrigation

The planting is interspersed with gravel areas to give the illusion of space and intrigue as you journey through the garden. The use of gravel is also for the more practical purpose of allowing this garden to be low maintenance as it traps moisture and therefore requires less watering. It was important to include the existing Apple tree for it’s quirky originality as part of the planting plan.

Client’s comments

The garden has shaped up wonderfully well and I am very proud of it. You and the team have done extremely well.”