Gallery – Rambling Inner-City Garden

See how a vacant block in inner-city Melbourne was transformed into a wild and wonderful private garden oasis.

This may sound counterintuitive if you want to enlarge a small space, but for your space, the idea can be helpful. ‘If you limit the small area, you can reach coziness and intimacy,’ says Arthur. ‘This can bring the environment to the next level, where it looks like a room outside.‘

Pergolas are perfect for creating an intimacy feeling, but they can achieve the same effect by planting. The architect Gary Beyerl’s backyard is 3 x 6 meters wide. Because he has housing elements that are fixed to the house, he wanted to create something that could afford him Privacy. He used vertical plants, such as trumpet flower, and Cercis canadensis, to form a Packed Zone. ‘By extending the plant Zone along the vertical surfaces of an urban space, you can perceive great advantages for yourself,’ he says. ‘I have a green environment, even if it is small.‘

If it is not so pleasant, Beyerl recommends using different control elements. His favorite elements are the grids. In his apartment in Chicago, he used some to block the views of the infamous cable network through the city avenues. ‘The grids give them the advantage of perception,’ he says. ‘They hide the sight, but let the light and the Wind come free. The grids are less depressive than the fences.

‘Always think about interesting contrasts,’ says Freda. The mixture of squares and rectangular shapes with oval will give a good result. Place plants with spiny leaves next to those with wavy leaves. ‘The visual effect is better than when everything is the same,’ says Freda. ‘If you have a square area, I will place the plants in the same shape, but with a round table in the middle for counterpoint’.

One of the good things about small backyards is that they are easy to clean. But don’t just be busy! Arthur suggests using more plant containers than soil soil. ‘Otherwise everything will be conquered by your court.’, he says. ‘The flower containers will retain the warmth of the plants, but with easy care’.

The local succulents and grasses reduce the water supply, but they should also take the artificial grass into consideration. ‘They retain the colour and character of the Mini garden better than the natural ones,’ says Beyerl. The Designer from San Francisco Martha Angus used artificial grass in the backyard, shown below, and also recommends boxwood. ‘The boxwood hedge should be 45 – 60 deep’, she says. ‘That takes up too much space. The boxwood is made in squares with 8 cm depth and can be easily stapled to a fence. They are very beautiful, do not need water and not so much space

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