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We all have those trouble spots in our gardens that we’ve tried to do something with but have ended up just looking drab and uninspiring. Charlie’s here to show you that a complete renovation isn’t always the best answer. A few simple, but smart options like screening off unsightly rubbish bins, a garden bed to hide a plain wall and some funky planters and you’ve got a whole new garden that will entice you back outside more often than you imagined.
Read on for the step-by-step instructions
Before the makeover: a bland backyard
After: a gorgeous chill-out space a relaxed and casual vibe. All garden furniture is from Bunnings
The shared outdoor space up the back of old apartment blocks can be either the incohesive and random effort of a diligent few or a completely neglected zone, with only the occasional mow of the lawn. Here’s how to pull the whole garden together so the back is as beautiful as the front.
Plant care can be erratic when garden beds are on common property, so fill them with easy-care plants such as tall, feathery miscanthus, hardy Kalanchoe ‘Copper Spoons’ and native lomandra ornamental grass.
Kalanchoe ‘copper spoons’
Pittosporum ‘Miss Muffet’
Miscanthus. Build your screen low enough to ‘borrow’ next door’s hedge for extra visual appeal
Repeat the copper tones in your screen, containers and even plants
Charlie Albone Charlie has worked internationally and in Australia for the past 17 years, designing and building gardens that are timeless, inspiring and enjoyable to spend time in. In 2015 and 2016, he was awarded two Silver gilt medals for his own gardens at the world’s most prestigious flower show The Chelsea Flower Show.