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Garden and Landscaping Design Pymble


This once dated garden in the Sydney suburb of Pymble now has a new lease on life with a formal yet contemporary design — and the owners couldn’t be happier. The first thing designer Troy Paschini and the construction team from The Labyrinth Garden needed to do was replace the driveway.

The existing clay-paved driveway not only looked dated, it was uneven where the paving sub-base had washed away. The old clay pavers and sand sub-base were replaced with a concrete sub-base and cobblestones. In fact, 190sqm of cobbles were laid — a massive task involving precision laying and mortaring.



To complement the new driveway, The Labyrinth Garden tiled all the pathways and the patio. For this they used basalt pavers which contrast beautifully with the new sandstone retaining walls. As this is a tiered garden design, the new retaining walls feature prominently so needed to be visually appealing as well as structurally sound. The Labyrinth Garden built the retaining walls from house bricks, which were then clad with 40mm thick sandstone flagging and capped with 400mm wide sandstone. The final but no-less-essential element of the design brief was to remove the outdated rock water feature which was overgrown with ivy and had not worked for some time due to inadequate waterproofing. The Labyrinth Garden excavated and removed this tired feature and in its place installed a bell water feature. Water trickles into the bell from a metal spout installed in the new sandstone wall that forms a backdrop to the water feature. The softscaping completes the picture. Magnolia ‘Little Gem’ was planted as a feature and then underplanted with Gardenia augusta ‘Radicans’. Gardenia augusta ‘Florida’ was used in the new garden bed above the water feature and Juniperus taxifolia var. lutchuensis was planted along the edges. Syzygium australe ‘Resilience’ was used to form a hedge and hide the void area under the patio while the shady areas are planted out with Rhapis excelsa and Liriope muscari ‘Evergreen Giant’.

Thanks to Troy’s thoughtful design, the planting works in complete harmony with the sandstone walling, cobbled driveway and basalt paving, creating an interesting interplay of textures and colours


m Lawn Pavers Laid + Trees Planted m3 Soil Deposited + Outdoor Lights