Courtesy Simon Griffiths




An hour drive from Melbourne, Australia, this eight-hectare property is perched on a hill at Flinders with sweeping views over Western Port Bay.  Designed by Ben Scott of Ben Scott Garden Design, the one-hectare garden seamlessly surrounds the low-slung contemporary country home.  The garden takes you through a journey of interconnected zones with formal and structural planting closer to the house and more naturalistic plantings beyond.

The garden begins with woodland of indigenous Peppermint Gums, casting long shadows across the manicured lawn, some hedged with skirts of indigenous Correa. Gently sloping down into the entrance forecourt, clipped balls of Westringia & Teucrium float on a sea of native Myoporum groundcover under the majestic canopies of the Peppermint Gums. Carefully crafted earth batters are carpeted with lush groundcovers which lead into an expansive forecourt surfaced with local granitic gravel that is punctuated with rows of Pacific Sunset Maples. An axial vista from the forecourt leads to a drystone walled kitchen garden, a Portuguese Laurel hedged pool garden, a gravel firepit area surrounded by a stand of Ginkgo trees and finally through to the peripheral indigenous plantings. Sweeping lawn to the rear, warmer-toned native and exotic boundary plantings of herbaceous perennials and shrubs tie in with the surrounding indigenous plantings and juxtapose with the paddocks beyond. Deep garden beds allow for a beautifully layered planting scheme with strong contrasts in texture, colour and form. Here, the garden unfolds through the seasons and the ever-changing hues of the paddocks beyond.
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