Designer Katy Svalbe, from Svalbe & Co, says the rear yard was a sea of grass when she first laid eyes on this Sydney garden. “There was a landing strip of sandstone slabs down its centre and a majestic lemon-scented gum,” she recalls. “At its boundaries, new timber fences screamed ‘green me’.”
And so she did. The garden is filled with textural plants that invite you to reach out and brush your fingers along them. Soft and inviting, the garden is the perfect backdrop for its owners to entertain at home, potter about, and indulge their love of gardening.
In broad strokes the productive edible elements are spread along the left-hand side of the garden, while the native plantings lie to the right. To create privacy and soften the boundary fences, lilly pillies and grevilleas were planted, in addition to passionfruit (Hibbertia scandens).
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