A Sculptural Cliffside Backyard With Waterfront Views In Palm Seaside

Pepo Botanic Design director Nicola Cameron appeared to a backyard on the opposite aspect of the Pacific Ocean for inspiration when beginning work on this serene coastal backyard at Outcrop Home, in Palm Seaside.

‘We had been very impressed by the work of Chilean panorama designer Juan Grimm,’ Nicola says. ‘We noticed him converse at a convention in Melbourne and his personal backyard at Los Vilos in Chile was a key reference when approaching this design.’

Regardless of being greater than 11,000km away from one another, the 2 tasks shared a lot of similarities – particularly being their cliffside location. However Outcrop Home’s rocky and steep place got here with its personal set of issues, together with being fully uncovered to the tough coastal parts, and chronic weeds hidden among the many present planting, which needed to be frequently eliminated.

‘Our objective was to create a backyard that may act as habitat for native birds and wildlife,’ she says. ‘This meant incorporating extra floor cowl and lower-lying crops, which prevents bigger predatory birds preying on smaller creatures under. Aesthetically, this was additionally supreme as our shoppers requested that any planting improve the view reasonably than obstructing it.’

They selected native varieties which can be environmentally delicate to assist to stabilise the hillside and forestall erosion. Doryanthes excelsa (Gymea Lily), Rhagodia spinescens (Spiny Saltbush) and clusters of Casuarina glauca or ‘Inexperienced Wave’ (Casuarina She-Oaks) have been cleverly formed into balls to imitate the rocky landforms and undulating panorama.

‘Because the crops have grown, we’ve formed and fashioned them for aesthetic, framing the beautiful ocean views with a balancing mixture of texture and foliage – the whole lot is related,’ Nicola explains.

Their cautious design and ongoing upkeep has turned the rocky outcrop overlooking Whale Seaside into a complete sanctuary, with a pool, backyard sculptures and vertical metal rods beside pathways main all the way down to a yoga deck.

‘The ocean views are spectacular however I really like to face on the backside of the backyard and look again up the hill in the direction of the home,’ Nicola provides. ‘From this vantage level you may take within the sculpted balls of vivid inexperienced, which distinction so superbly with the darkish gray, much less structured types of the Westringia, offering an ideal counterpoint to the daring, trendy traces and hovering structure of the home.’