With a view over Balmoral and through the heads, this garden couldn’t compete with its surrounds, but still needed an interesting aspect of its own. The terraced gardens with the rising house also needed to be anchored, so I chose to use the unusual Casuarina “Cousin It’ that in time will spill over the stone walls. This is a very architectural style of plant which I combined with the rare Australian rainforest tree Prumnipitys ladei, with its rectangular leaflets, and Podocarpus ‘Maki’, introducing a different dark green sword-like foliage. Both were used for hedging.

As I have at least one garden in every street in Mosman, this property had to be different from what I had created before. The neighbours were intrigued by my bespoke bench/birdbath set over the dry creek bed. My client loved it.

The rear garden was a bit more traditional, with the Viburnum hedge and Magnolias, but the sculpture, red encased vertical garden, red stemmed maples and metal screens make for a strong visual statement.