Hawthorn East GardenTraditional Exterior, Melbourne
Designed by Chris Gursansky
Landscape Construction and Garden Maintenance Semken Landscaping
Photography: Peter Clarke
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Cottage charmDesigned by Semken Landscaping, the garden of this Melbourne Federation-style house perfectly complements its traditional character. A climbing rose has been trained to grow along the front verandah, its pretty flowers drawing the eye towards the decorative detailing.Most houses of this era have a symmetrical interior plan with a hallway through the centre. The landscape layout, with a path straight to the front door and the symmetrical placement of pots and benches, is designed to echo the interior plan. A white picket fence and low hedge along the edge of the entry terrace continue the traditional theme.
5. Country cottageThis aged timber door hints at high ceilings, hardwood floors and antique finds to be found in every corner. We’d love to be invited in for tea and scones any day.
1. Spruce up the gardenWhen you’re selling your house, first impressions are everything: “When people look at a photo of a house or drive by, if they find the outside is not appealing they often don’t even bother to come inside,” says Amanda Beibei Li, a property stylist with Uplift Interiors. The front yard is your first chance to make a good impression, and it’s worth investing some time to get it looking its best, so you don’t lose a single opportunity. “From the moment they drive up, if the lawns and the gardens are looking beautiful, it entices people in,” says Sims.Mow the lawn, rake dead leaves, sweep pathways, weed garden beds.Ensure the front fence and gate are clean, and that the gate swings opens easily.Remove garden waste, children’s toys and gardening equipment.Carefully position and arrange any outdoor dining furniture.Plant feature pots with colourful flowers.
Match the garden to your houseYou can’t beat nature. That’s why it’s important, when detailing a street facade, to include a soft landscaping approach to the house – and to both sides of the fence. A garden’s design can completely change people’s impression of a house.Character homes vary greatly in design, but they are united through architectural features. The most appealing and welcoming of these streets of homes have established gardens, hedged frontages, broad grass verges and mature trees. When first building or renovating a house you may not have a garden that equals the house in its grandeur or complements it. Perhaps you don’t have a front garden at all. However, with careful planning an impressive and inviting garden can be established to match the house.Kiwi front fences say Kia Ora to the world
There’s no need to resort to painting your front door a bright colour when contrast comes into play. This door, stripped back to bare timber, stands out just because it’s different from the tones in the trim and facade.
Cottage styleA garden doesn’t have to be high maintenance to make a statement, as this garden in Melbourne’s Hawthorn East shows. Designed by Chris Gursansky, this beauty combines neat lawns and low hedges with splashes of cottage-style colour. TIP: Use climbing roses to frame a front verandah or over a gated archway.See more of this garden
1. Traditional charmIsn’t the exterior of this traditional-style abode positively delightful? Thanks to its soothing colour palette, patterned floor tiles, inviting sitting area and the beautiful flowering vines that grace the lace-like metal work overhead, this home is guaranteed to charm passers-by. The symmetrical design of the home and placement of the front-entry accents also enhance the welcoming and captivating scene, as it creates visual harmony and pleases the eye.