Nambour Native Garden

NAMBOUR, QLD

Justin designed this front yard garden showcasing his passion for native Australian plants. He wants to inspire others to welcome them into their own gardens for their beauty and sustainability, and to support wildlife. Permeable surfaces, natural wood and stone, and reclaimed materials also feature prominently in this beautiful and functional garden design. 

It began as a typical suburban garden with a haphazard mix of exotic and native plants arranged against the house and randomly within the extensive lawn. The planting didn't encourage a welcoming feeling or offer any privacy from the street. There was no driveway. An inappropriately small and narrow set of concrete steps on the nature strip didn't fit the scale of the yard. The old, rusty chain link fence didn't suit the architecture of the Queenslander home. There was much work to be done to improve the functionality and appearance of the front yard, but also a lot of opportunity.

Justin replaced the impractical concrete steps with wider, more functional, and welcoming steps constructed from recycled railway sleepers and decomposed granite. Tall, yellow and orange kangaroo paws punctuate the entry, ensuring no confusion for new visitors. A large sandstone boulder, sourced from a development across the street, makes a striking focal point and adds to the natural aesthetic. The straight concrete walkway was broken up and rearranged as crazy paving in a more interesting curved shape for access from the front steps to the front door. Mass planted grasses soften the hard surfaces and stone. 

A two car driveway constructed of permeable decomposed granite and hardwood timber retaining walls creates ample parking space for two vehicles. A round sitting space cut into the slope and retained with a natural sandstone dry-stack wall with built-in seating and fire pit is a nice place to relax and enjoy the garden; day or night. A Corymbia citriodora 'Scentuous' offers shade and privacy for the sitting area while the highly aromatic leaves emit a delicious lemon-scent and attractive salmon pink bark. The dry creek bed directs storm water runoff into the back yard instead of under the house, as it used to. Drought tolerant planting helps to reduce water usage while adding colour and foliage interest to the garden.