Hamish Moorhead Landscapes

Coastal Garden

A significant house rebuild presented the opportunity to rethink the layout and use of an existing seaside garden. The traditional front lawn and boundary fence were scrapped in favour of using the topography and planting to blur the boundary between the garden and harbour.

Timber decking and permeable paving extend from the house to merge with constructed sand dunes and a path that descends through native coastal planting to the waterfront.

The planting and materials reflect the diverse landscape of the local environment, with bush clad hills behind and the exposed beach in front. Concrete, rock and gravel give way to permeable paving, beach pebble and sand, and timber structures change from crisp edged detailing to weathered hardscape elements that are slowly disappearing beneath the planting.