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Backyard & Garden Design Ideas|Issue #17.6
A look at some inspiring backyards around Australia and the world
Cassie Haywood

POCKET PARK

Rather than clearing the site for the new house, the home and garden were designed to keep and care for the existing trees. Affectionately dubbed a “pocket park”, the garden is bursting with life thanks to the long-established ornamental pear and silver birch trees. One tree even goes inside an outer screening to become almost part of the home’s architecture. Defying the norm for a typical garden, this backyard enjoys the natural flora of the area, while creating a home around the garden to complement it. maynardarchitects.com; bushprojects.com.au

JAPANESE TRANQUILLITY

When designing a peaceful haven away from the hustle and bustle of life, what better style to incorporate into a garden than Japanese? Perched 90m up on a clifftop ridge overlooking Onetangi Bay, New Zealand, this garden is full of beautiful elements that culminate in a soothing aesthetic. Water features, pared-back styling and a circle “window” that peeks through to the 2.5m plunge pool work together harmoniously. A green backdrop of leafy trees and ferns keeps nature close. This garden shows the power of simple elements done well. lanternhouse.co.nz; herbstarchitects.co.nz

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