To get this plan, Larry and Leslie created their own garden design brief using our online system and they sent through the existing house plans they had, along with a range of photographs of the garden taken from various angles and their self-measured site plan of the existing garden layout. We had a quick chat by phone to clarify a few things before getting started on developing the garden design ideas and putting them on paper in the form of a draft concept plan, along with a palette of suitable plants to suit their desired ‘subtropical with New Zealand native plants’ theme.
We knew Larry and Leslie planned to build the garden themselves, and that it would be implemented over time, which influenced the design choices we made. We kept it nice and simple, with elements that could be added in as time and budget permitted. We suggested extending the deck further than they had initially thought, given that they were keen on maximising the entertaining space. We also suggested a secondary patio area located outside the master bedroom that would provide an attractive planted outlook for the bedroom and could also extend outdoor living opportunities by furnishing the space with a small fire bowl. This space would also act as a ‘linking’ element between the main entertainer’s deck and the rear garden, which felt disconnected due to the long and narrow nature of the side garden space. Between the two outdoor living spaces, we suggested a raised garden area to improve drainage for a dragon tree, which was something they wanted to include, but which wasn’t well suited to the boggy clay soil. This created the potential to use the planter capping to provide casual seating around the entertaining areas.
Once the DIY draft landscape plan was ready, we had a screenshare meeting via zoom where we showed Larry and Leslie the concept plan drawing and images of the type of plants were we proposing to put in the design. We discussed the ideas and Larry and Leslie had a think for a few days before coming back to us with their feedback via email.
The final landscape concept plan had lots of other ideas and info and we sent off a printed copy once the final plans had been approved by Larry and Leslie. Just over one year later, Larry and Leslie were in touch to share some photos of their progress to date and permitted us to share their amazing and inspirational progress with you.