Landscaping slowgress.

Snail’s pace is the only way to describe it.  The current rate of  work seems to be one job per month.

Hardscaping progress.

Current state. Work in progress (occasionally).

  • December- deck.
  • January – glass fence
  • February- remove scaffolding over pool.
  • March- concrete around pool
  • April – start tiling, concrete roof of storage area.
TDL plan

Landscape plan by Tim Davies Landscaping.

The grand plan for landscaping on our canal and pool side was conjured up 3 years ago.  We were wooed by smart landscaping around display homes and the existing relationship between our builder Webb and Brown-Neaves and Tim Davies Landscaping.  We decided to pay the big bucks for a clever design and for the luxury of not having to find and co-ordinate trades to make a pool, concrete, lay tiles, build a deck, install fences, etc.  Turns out the experts also have trouble finding and co-ordinating trades and so it has been a sloooww going.

To keep within some sort of budget, we kept at least half of our garden space to landscape ourselves, plus all the planting preparation and planting because that really shouldn’t be rocket science.  There is a lot to be done, so we are breaking it into chunks and trying to set some reasonable goals for completion time.  I really want the canal-side planter boxes to be filled before Winter.

I’ve been having an internal debate about whether the planting should be massed rows, or “randomly artistic”.  I can argue either way.  I am so inspired by modern coastal gardens designed by the likes of Peter Fudge and Fiona Brockhoff:

Fiona Brockhoff coastal garden

Fiona Brockhoff Design

Peter Fudge modern garden

Peter Fudge Gardens

The apparently random planting on the very impressive Esperance foreshore and good ol’ mother nature herself in Australia’s south-west on our recent holiday had me convinced that “au naturale” was the way to go.

Esperance park

City of Esperance, stunning foreshore development.

Coastal garden Esperance.

Coastal garden inspiration.

In the end, I’m going for the easier option and the one that was originally intended for our landscape design, rows and repetition.  (Don’t try to talk me out of it!  I’ve changed my mind daily for the past month.)

I’m about to head off to the Perth Garden Festival, but a few pictures of our current DIY landscaping progress.  (Yes, equally slow to progress.)

Front entrance.

The Nice Wolf did a stella job constructing our “jetty” front entrance.  (Front door is still to be replaced.)

Mum and Dad at work.

My Mum and Dad love a good day’s work in the garden.

Planter box.

My Dad moved the lion’s share of a truck load of dirt from our front yard to this giant planter box at the back.


I had the fun of the first plantings. Dianella.


10 thoughts on “Landscaping slowgress.

  1. Sarah says:

    The TDL computer image is stunning. Might take a while to get there and for trees to grow/settle in but won’t it be worth the wait! Hope you got a boat or paddle board to be able to enjoy the view of your house occasionally from the canal.

  2. I am a big fan of Peter Fudge gardens.
    Dean Herald does some absolutely stunning designs and a couple of Perth landscape designers that you might want to check out for ideas are – Janine Mendel and Jenny and Neil Delmage.
    Personally, I stick with the repetition. I’ve been down e the “au naturale” path, it ended up being messy and actually harder to maintain. Like you I do love that look but long term it wasn’t quite as low maintenance as we thought.
    I’ve no doubt you will end up with a stunning outdoor area Jo 🙂

  3. A variety of greens and grey foliage, soft and strappy textures and shapes…like in Fiona Brockhoff pic, add to the mix your stackstone, jetty timbers and cobblestones…… Commission the piglets to create some small sculptures with cobblestones and liquid nails (I’m remembering the Rockies,Canada)….it will be beautiful.

  4. I can sympathize with you on the speed but I keep telling myself it will all be worth it in the end 🙂
    I’m currently trying to choose pebbles “au naturelle” or not and I need to get a wriggle on as I need 5 tons of them next week. I look forward to seeing your kangaroo paws planted.

  5. trixee says:

    I’ve always admired the “rows and repetition” gardens and think they look fantastic. I’m sure yours will be grand, TDL does beautiful landscaping, it will be worth the wait. We will be going with an “au naturelle” garden, as that seems to be what our landscaper wants to do and I can’t be bothered arguing otherwise. Like you, I like both!

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