Boarders create order in a big garden

Nestled on nearly half a hectare of land in Sydney’s leafy northern suburbs is a simple, elegant garden by acclaimed landscape designer Peter Fudge.

With his trademark architecturally inspired structure, this vast garden wraps generously around a heritage-listed home and provides a series of functional outdoor rooms for all the family to enjoy.

The proportions, as always, are perfect. Peter is a master of scale, and each space within the garden feels just right – not too big, not too small.

“I tried to evoke something old and timeless with this garden,” says Peter. “It’s a mix of perennial and shrub plantings to ensure year-round interest.”

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“We left all the big trees, as it was important that the garden felt established and timeless. They really make the space feel grounded,” says landscape designer Peter Fudge.

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Pleached snow pear trees (Pyrus nivalis) underplanted with large-leaf ivy (Hedera felix) frame the front entry pathway and water feature.
Pleached snow pear trees (Pyrus nivalis) underplanted with large-leaf ivy (Hedera felix) frame the front entry pathway and water feature.

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Two formally balanced lawn terraces stretch across the 40-metre street frontage.
Two formally balanced lawn terraces stretch across the 40-metre street frontage.

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A simple, elegant water bowl provides a strong accent point at the entrance.
A simple, elegant water bowl provides a strong accent point at the entrance.

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While the garden has strong lines and a strict, formal structure, it’s softened by the abundance of a mixed border garden enveloping the house.
While the garden has strong lines and a strict, formal structure, it’s softened by the abundance of a mixed border garden enveloping the house.

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When asked what his favourite part of the garden is, Peter doesn’t hesitate – “The border around the house is my favourite,” he says. “I like walking around there to see what’s happening. There’s always something growing or changing.”
When asked what his favourite part of the garden is, Peter doesn’t hesitate – “The border around the house is my favourite,” he says. “I like walking around there to see what’s happening. There’s always something growing or changing.”

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Sandstone flagging frames the pool. Privacy is achieved through boundary planting of magnolia ‘Teddy Bear’ underplanted with variegated liriope (Liriope jaburan ‘Variegata’).
Sandstone flagging frames the pool. Privacy is achieved through boundary planting of magnolia ‘Teddy Bear’ underplanted with variegated liriope (Liriope jaburan ‘Variegata’).

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