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What is your ultimate outdoor entertaining
area style and why?
Something with a reference to the surrounding landscape,
like a view, or bringing some of the natural vegetation into
the entertaining area. This creates a feeling of being part
of the bigger picture and possibly attracts local birds to
the garden. Critical elements include a barbecue, shade,
access to cooling breezes, and places to gather both
formally (like a table) and informally around the garden.
What is the most important design aspect to
get right in the outdoor entertaining area?
Access is very important to get right so that it is easy
to circulate between the kitchen, living and outdoor area
-- a servery window adjacent to the barbecue area
is a great example of this. Making the seating area
comfortable is also very important to make sure guests
feel welcome. Make sure they are not squashed in or
being burnt by the sun and provide enough light at night
so guests can eat properly.
Cost aside, what is the dream feature of the
ultimate outdoor entertaining area?
Uninterrupted sweeping ocean views. But realistically
a shady, mature tree makes a space into a wonderful
microclimate and it could cost up to $8000 for a large tree.
What materials do you recommend using
when creating/designing this look?
I tend to look at the site and its surrounds to pick up on
what materials and colours to incorporate. This results in
the finished garden nestling into the landscape seamlessly
and looking natural. If I were in the hills I would make
reference to the rich gravel tones and bluish grey-greens
of the bushland with grass trees and granite boulder
accents. Many of the nurseries in Perth can help you pick
plants that are from your local area to help attract native
fauna into your garden.
How can people incorporate this style of
outdoor entertaining area without a total
renovation? What are simple ways to create
your chosen style?
Go for a walk in your local area and really observe what
makes up your local landscape character. The uncleared,
remnant vegetation areas are the best place to look
-- bushland reserves, dunes, and wetlands these are
all good places to start. Trying to impose a style from
somewhere else will always look contrived -- like the
Tuscan villa for example.
A simple and inexpensive way to achieve a great
looking, low-maintenance and water wise garden is to
choose plants from your local area and plant them as very
small pots to save money, like tube stock. The trick is to
use lots of the same plant species, so a typical back garden
may only have four or five plant species mass planted.
Take a camera and take photos of things you think
could look good in your garden or of the colour of
elements that make up the surrounding landscape and
match them at the paint shop. Contrast in foliage colour
and texture is a great way to create year-round interest.
Most importantly -- keep it simple.
Ecoscape, 9 Stirling Highway, North Fremantle, (08) 9430
SENIOR ASSOCIATE OF ECOSCAPE
"A SIMPLE AND
TO ACHIEVE A
AND WATER WISE
GARDEN IS TO
LOCAL AREA. "
Julian Croudace AILA
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