Cheddar Road Garden
Posted on October 28, 2016
This garden located in Melbourne’s inner north was a challenge.
The design brief was to create a fast establishing, low maintenance front garden that required very little to no water, on a budget of less than $5000. The only requirement for the garden was to enhance the look of the house and provide an access way for the rubbish bins from the front gate to the side of the house.
The site had a few stunted, struggling plants, and turf would not establish. After investigation we realized that there was a thin 10 to 12cm layer of hydrophobic top soil over a clay/building rubble mix. This posed a significant problem as the building rubble contained asbestos which had to be removed by a qualified expert, using up much of the $5000 budget.
Huge amounts of compost were added to improve the soils structure and water holding capacity, coupled with appropriate plant selection the result is a no water garden that thrives in this harsh westerly position.
The garden before.
The garden after 9 months.
The garden after 12 months.