“The garden that is finished is dead.” – H. E. Bates. This sentiment is shared by the owners of this property, Rob Hubbard and Leanne Muller, whose stylish, tiered garden overlooking one of the Sunshine Coast’s northern beaches is very much alive – and not considered finished.
This garden makeover has been done by the Outside Noosa landscaping team, who transformed a large allotment on a sand dune into a verdant coastal sanctuary – intertwined bush and beach in a sophisticated way, with a good dose of construction ingenuity.
However, two short years have seen the landscape transform again, with the garden planting now coming into its own, delighting Rob and Leanne, and their regular visitors. Once young plants have now reached a maturity beyond their years, giving the impression that this garden has been carefully tended for a long time.
As you explore the clever garden design by Outside Noosa’s John Scomparin, you can discover peaceful resting places, including a reading bench, and further on, a recent addition – a stone-lined lily pond – as well as a wonderful area for socialising, where you are greeted by a commanding Spanish Mission-style fountain which beckons you to a large, outdoor dining setting under a pergola. This space is enveloped by the Metrosideros ‘Fiji Fire’ shrub, cascading Bougainvillea and a feature Ficus (or Weeping Fig) tree. It is a setting that enchants at night, too; many of the trees and shrubs are illuminated by LED garden lighting.
Green thumbs will recognise Gazanias, Star Jasmine and Tri-coloured Jasmine lining the pathways and cascading over the rock edges. Espaliered Bougainvillea and Star Jasmine are a feature of the pool and garage walls.
The garden perimeter is lined with Broad-leafed Lilly pilly and the Fraser Island Apple Tree. Such is the maturity of the trees now that you don’t notice the fencing. The garden blends easily with the adjacent nature reserve not only visually, but in terms of shared tranquillity. From every place in the garden, the senses are also treated to the ambient sound of the ocean.
For all its splendour, this is not a high maintenance garden, and owners Rob and Leanne’s pleasure with it is evidenced by them spending time in it… not toiling, but simply enjoying it together with friends and family.
“The garden has been so successful in terms of how the plants have grown. It gets better every day, and it is due in large part to the plant selection and the creation of different micro climates. We want it to grow with us, and look forward to it continuing to change over time and surprising us,” says Rob.