Holly and John have a newish home. Like many homes of its sort, the house is sited on the block in such a way that there are odd-shaped and often only small spaces left to garden. How do you make it feel like a real garden? Holly has achieved a remarkable garden in these difficult constraints, maintaining access and planting through the tiniest passageways, and filling her garden courtyards with interesting detail and a wide range of plants.
I love her staghorn courtyard, dominated by the flowing ‘antlers’ of Platycerum superbum and the vine covered walkway made even more mysterious with drapings of spanish moss. Holly’s intelligent creation of mass and void makes even the small spaces feel delightful and very usable, and it is most pleasing to see someone wanting to fit trees into a small garden.
Holly’s wonderful Sydney garden at 2 Palmerston Place, Seaforth is OPEN through Open Gardens Australia on 17-18 August 2013. Cost $7, under 18s free. If you visit then, you’ll also get to see her fabulous cymbidium orchid collection in full bloom!
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