Eco Garden Makeover2021-05-26T22:40:52+10:00

Project Description

Keays residence: Lindfield

Reusing materials and transforming a struggling lawn area into a peaceful outdoor retreat.

Winner of the 2008 Landscape NSW & ACT Ltd Award of Excellence in the Eco Awareness Residential section.

Landscape contractor: Brian Baker of ARTVIEW Landscapes


  • Large established trees overshadowing the lawn;
  • Too much shade for lawn and plants;
  • Poor soils and plants struggling;
  • New seating area to be incorporated;
  • Existing paths and steps narrow and underutilised;
  • Incorporate water feature to dampen traffic noise;
  • Existing Camellias to be kept;
  • Keeping costs down;
  • Reusing / recycling as much as possible.

Construction Process:

  • Materials lifted and stored for reuse: pavers, sandstone and plants;
  • Site ‘cut and filled’: regraded to attain the new levels and garden areas;
  • Power and service ducts installed: for water feature and irrigation;
  • Hard surfaces installed: paving, retaining walls, steps, paths and water feature;
  • Soft works installed: soil improving and cultivation, planting and mulching.

Completed Project:

The completed landscape is a view of beautiful flourishing plants in enriched soils surrounded by reused stone built in book leaf walls. In place of the lawns is a central water feature and the sound of the water flowing helps to soften the impact of the nearby traffic noise. The water feature is surrounded by reused re-laid paving.

It is truly a landscape which delights all of the senses.

Plant List – Botanic Names:


  • Viburnum odoratissimum
  • Correa bauerlenii
  • Syzgium ‘Cascade’
  • Acer dissectum Dwarf
  • Rhapis excelsa
  • Murraya paniculata
  • Phormium tenax spp or ‘Purpureum’
Ground Covers:

  • Zephranthes candida
  • Aspidistra elatior
  • Clivea miniata
  • Bergenia x schmidtiile
  • Trachelospermum jasminoides
  • Viola hederaceae
  • Bromeliad cvs
  • Liriope muscari ‘Evergreen Giant’

  • Pandorea pandorana
  • Parthenocissus tricuspidata