DDB DESIGN Exteriors & PoolsContemporary Pool, Melbourne
Exteriors of DDB Design Development & Building Houses, Landscape Design by Nathan Burkett Landscape Architects, photography by Urban Angles.
The trees at the back are ficus Hillii and the Bamboo is slender weaver clumping bamboo.
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1. Clean and green In this tranquil Melbourne backyard, a combination of fig trees (Ficus microcarpa var. hillii), clumping slender weaver’s bamboo (Bambusa textilis var. gracilis) and a low-growing ground cover looks effortlessly chic. To get a similar look, choose poolside plantings with interesting forms and foliage, saving colourful flowers for other areas of the garden.Ficus offers the advantage of having little leaf-drop and filling in quickly to provide dense coverage – useful for creating privacy around a pool or covering a fence with green. Like all bamboos, slender weaver’s does exhibit some leaf-drop, but the designer, DDB Design Development & Building, has cleverly set it back from the pool for easy sweep up.Find a landscape contractor or gardener on Houzz near you for advice on plants that will thrive in your garden
Plants can be trained to suit the location. This photograph shows how pleaching fig trees help to keep their growth under control while the raised canopy is very uniform. The light coloured trunks are accentuated to create nice geometric lines to suit the sophisticated, linear pool. TIP: Be mindful of your plant choices when hedging around pools. Deciduous plants can spell disaster as can many other trees and shrubs that drop leaves regularly. If you have children that are likely to splash a lot you’ll need very tough, chlorine or salt tolerant plant choices to ensure survival.
8. Use pleached trees or tall, thin plants Pleached trees (where the foliage is trimmed to form a hedge) are ideal for small gardens as they let in light above and allow space for planting below. The pleached trees used here are the lush and dense Ficus microcarpa ‘Hillii‘. To their right is a planting of bamboo, ideal for narrow areas due to its tall, thin form. See how the lovely light grey trunks of the ficus echo the straight culms of the bamboo.