Project Description


Liberty Street, Newtown | Residential


Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers
2019 – National Gold Award Residential Landscape Design 50 – 150m2

The owner of this L shaped inner city pocket garden has a real passion for production planting. As well as a joy for getting his hands in soil and luvs nothing more than picking fruit, grabbing handfuls of scented rosemary or a fistful of sage. Unfortunately, the best place to grab all the sun was covered with services and a concrete slab.

Thus, our solution was to fabricate a bespoke, raised corten planter. Its sensuous curved shape draws the eye and leads you around the corner, in essence making the garden feel twice as wide. The cost effective planter removed the need for footings near services and makes installation of path lighting so simple.

View of edible garden looking back at the house
view from the house of this lovely edible garden
Rounded westringia softly sitting within the garden bed

We installed a low timber deck to create a seamless connection from the lounge to the garden and transformed a wasted vertical space into a gardeners cook station, with storage for the Webber and tools. Formed concrete makes a fantastic all year round prep area, with feature wire on the timber to keep the production planting of citrus and passionfruit within arm’s length. Additional lockable storage is located at the bottom of the garden with internal lighting, this allows easy access to the bikes for the daily commute, whilst staying out of the direct line of sight from the house. Being located behind a scented jasmine trellis, making a beautiful back drop to the incredible bark of the flowering Crepe Myrtle.

Beautiful coloured bark of Crepe Myrtle
view towards the carport from the garden

A feature lawn helps keeps the space cool in summer. Adjacent, the thymus groundcover meanders around the clean crisp lines of the bluestone pavers. This creates low garden maintenance and a gorgeous scented destination every time you venture into the garden. The planting is a combination of different textures, scents and foliage therefore creating interest year round. It is a small space with an abundance of landscape ideas.

Sage leaves
Raised corten garden bed with Silver falls
  • Before shot looking towards the back of garden
  • Before shot looking towards the carport area

“Steve from OUTHOUSE design is a very knowledgeable and talented designer. We got everything we asked for and more. We have a space that totally suits our needs and our property. Even when we are inside we can’t stop looking out the window!”