Catherine StewartLisa’s green garden

Lisa White has a large garden in Sydney’s north which she has developed over many years. Although she had some early design work by a well-known designer, she decided she could do better – and spent the next 15 years refining the garden’s layout, propagating many of the plants herself in her own home nursery and laboriously building up the soil to create a lush garden.

Lisa White's garden back garden2

It’s a quiet and restful garden, elegant in its restricted palette of greens, grey, white and pastels and contained by many well-maintained hedges of varying textures, which sweep around the garden in long curves. But it’s not without personality – a flower-shaped detail surprises in the outdoor cooking area paving; rogue scarlet hemerocallis pop out of the long front border; both family-sized and more intimate spaces are well-proportioned and inviting; large artworks feature; and mature angophoras and eucalypts are allowed to dominate lawn and house.

What sets it, and many other good gardens apart, is the attention to detail – the way the paving is cut to meet a circle of gravel; the layout of the ashlar style paving around the pool; bespoke stainless steel guides for the wisteria; and the consistency of colour in furniture, fittings and decoration.

Lisa White was NSW/ACT winner of the ABC Gardening Australia ‘Gardener of the Year’ in 2011.

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Catherine Stewart

About Catherine Stewart

Award-winning garden journalist, blogger and photographer; writer for garden magazines and co-author of 'Waterwise Gardening'; landscape designer turned landscape design judge and critic; compulsive networker and lover of generally putting fingers in lots of pies. Particularly mud pies. Creator, curator and editor of GardenDrum. Sydney, NSW.

One thought on “Lisa’s green garden

  1. Love this garden thanks Catherine – appears to be a superb balance between open space and intimate areas. I see what you mean about attention to detail – wonderful.

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