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Lathouris Garden

This garden, set in the "wilds" of Wentworth Falls, is the designer's garden.

The overall garden covers approximately one acre and borders bushland. It contains a variety of plantings with the major emphasis being vegetable and fruit production and experimentation with various native and exotic ornamental plants which may be used in future designs for clients. Plant form, leaf texture and colour as well as flowers are considered when selecting plant combinations.

The garden is divided into a variety of spaces of varying usage and atmosphere all connected by a network of pebble and mulched paths. The layout has a strong formal basis reinforced by a variety of hedges but the overall feel is very free-flowing and relaxed because of the softness and variety of plantings.

The house and carport/sheds are built of mudbrick. Woodshed, compost bins and watertanks are all important structural items in this garden. Ironstone which is found naturally on the site has been used for retaining and feature walls. The small amount of paving has been laid with secondhand commons bricks.

Two large vegetable gardens, fruit trees and berries provide an abundance of produce throughout the whole year. Water use in the garden is minimal and all green waste passes through the compost making this garden very sustainable. The remainder of the garden is ornamental with very little lawn, gradually removed as the children grew up. The only water the lawn receives is rain. There is no watering system and most of the tank water is used for food production.

Grasses and strappy leaved plants feature prominently in the garden. The introduced and native grasses are being observed for their weed potential and are removed if they show a tendency to spread and become a problem. Carex testacea is showing some weed potential and is being closely monitored although it is not a problem. Carex comans or Carex buchananii which are similar do not seed in the same way as C.testacea and could be used as replacements. Festuca glauca also throws a fair amount of seed but does not appear to spread. All the other plants have been no problem. There are a variety of Dianella, Lomandra and Phormium all very different and special in their own way.

There are a large number of natives throughout the garden forming a connection with the bushland over the "back fence". In fact there's no back fence, it was pulled down and rolled up to form garden sculptures. The garden now joins the bushland creating the impression of a much larger garden. There is a marked seasonal variation of effects and colours with foliage colour, texture, flowers and plant form all contributing to the changing picture of this much enjoyed garden.

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