24 June 2012
Posted in News & Events

Back Country, the Design

After exploring photos taken by the client in their travels throughout New Zealand we’re creating a living snapshot for viewing. We’re referencing the South Island’s geological characteristics, the rivers, the schist outcrops and ruins found in the goldfields and on high country plateaus, with a planting plan to suit not only the theme, but the North Island conditions of the site.

Pebble paths have been designed to meander through and across the length of the garden to a stone “ruin” set amongst lush native plants and rocks depicting a “dry riverbed”.

To avoid the use of too much grey in the garden, Crawford Hills schist was chosen for its depth of colour and rustic look for the ruin. This stone is from the Manor Burn area near Alexandra in the South Island and has distinctive rust coloured layers. Locally sourced hand-picked rocks, with live moss and algae growth are strategically buried amongst the schist stone and rubble to provide the structure and shape for the dry riverbed. The schist ruin dry stacked for authenticity and weathered to create a rustic appearance.

Kanuka, Kunzea ericoides and Sophora microphylla or Kowhai have been planted along the boundary and amongst the mature Muehlenbeckia to add additional height and privacy screening along the fence line. Over time, the roof lines of the neighbouring houses will be broken with more organic, natural shapes, and the dark stained fence, a shadow.

Pebble pathways


Constructing the 'ruin'


Crawford Hills Schist


Embedded Schist


Pebble & rock that make-up the pathways