Mornington, Victoria

A challenging site presented Urban Edge with limited space and significant level changes. This was overcome through the design of a series of stone retaining walls and steps, softened by a mix of architectural and cascading plants at an imposing coastal property designed by De Jong Architects. Exposed aggregate concrete paths, steps and driveway have been honed to give them the look of polished concrete, then sand blasted to make them non-slip. They complement a series of low Winstow stone clad retaining walls. Water tanks under the driveway capture all roof runoff to irrigate the garden and supply the water feature - a bluestone water wall. The planting creates a hardy, colourful and robust low maintenance garden and includes Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ (Prostrate Rosemary), Olea ‘Kalamata’ (Kalamata Olive), succulents of Senecio serpens (Blue Chalk Sticks) and Beschorneria yuccoides (Mexican Lily) as well as native Correa alba (White Correa) and Alyogyne hugelii (Lilac Hibiscus).