Lisa Ellis, Caulfield North

27 Carnarvon Road, Caulfield North (2016)

Open Date
12-13 Nov. 2016
Garden Entry

Note: This garden was opened in 2016

The professional couple met with Lisa Ellis to discuss a new landscape to refresh the façade of their Art Deco home.  The initial site inspection revealed several beaded sheep sculptures on the front lawn, and the brief was for these to be incorporated into the new landscape.

Lush, verdant mounds of foliage bring a softness to the space, and serve to showcase the playful sheep sculptures. Right tulip trees were paired with a rich underplanting.  Colour plays an important role in a restrained palette that focuses on variances amongst shades of green. Chartreuse gives way to viridian, and soft greens are punctuated by soft teals and lavenders.  The eye is drawn to these subtle variances, adding depth and interest to the space

During the design process, Lisa suggested that the narrow red brick driveway along the southern side of the house might be transformed into a garden. The driveway was too narrow for parking and contributed significantly to the final size of the garden, eventually becoming a “Maple Walk”. This concept creates depth in the landscape, both anchors and softens the residence, and also provides a lush outlook from within the home.

The bold lines in bluestone paving reflect the key touchstone of geometry for the Art Deco movement, and help frame the entrance to the space. The use of the bluestone is “loosened” to fit the playful feel of the overall space; the patterning of the weighty stone bleeds out into the aggregate, softening the impact.

The result is a fresh space that embodies a dynamic mixture of the soft and playful, as well as the deliberate and bold.

The garden was designed in 2014, and constructed and planted out of Spring that year. The garden is maintained by Lisa Ellis Gardens on a regular basis.