Andrew’s design has a contemporary, industrial feel. Although newly completed, it has an established air, largely due to the liberal use of recycled materials. The screen at the back of the courtyard is the main feature of the design. Built entirely using recycled hardwood timber, it incorporates an irrigated vertical garden that introduces the greenery the owners wanted. “The corner bench seat is also constructed from the same recycled timber tying both elements together. Recycled bricks also feature heavily. They were used in the construction of the bench seat, the wall beneath the timber screen and the raised planters,” says Andrew. Adding textural interest, the two feature planters are clad in Eco Outdoor’s dry-stone-style, natural granite Alpine walling material. For contrast, the paving is Eco Outdoor’s bluestone. Baby room elephant decor The owners wanted a low-maintenance, tropical-style planting scheme to tie in with the existing frangipani that dominated the courtyard. With this in mind, Andrew chose a limited but effective palette of plants for the raised planters that includes Heliconia ‘Red Xmas, Strelitzia nicolai and Philodendron ‘Xanadu’. For the vertical garden, the plants include Brazilian walking iris, clivia and bird’s nest ferns. The final flourish came in the form of LED uplights, sourced from Bondi Lights, that give the courtyard a whole new personality after sundown.
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