January 5, 2024

Shelly Beach Update

Our construction team completed this project we designed in Shelly Beach, Manly in February.  The balustrade was being installed this week which gave us the perfect opportunity to grab a few progress pics.  Whilst the planting is obviously still young, the garden is settling in well.

We were engaged by our clients to completely redesign this steep water-front garden.  The entire existing landscape was a mass of Lantana and collapsing sandstone walls.  We completely stripped the site back to a blank canvas and implemented a landscape design featuring a series of sandstone terraces with timber stairs winding in between.  Hardy coastal shrubs were a must in the landscape design due to amount of salt, sun and wind the garden is exposed to. 

Sandstone dry-pack walls were installed to create terraces throughout the garden.

A series of Spotted Gum stairs wind throughout the terraces.  The timber has been left untreated to turn a beautiful silvery grey.


Sandstone stairs which lead up to a circular lounging area, surrounded by low hardy coastal plants.


Looking down from above with the beautiful Tree Fern canopy.


Plants from our friends at Exotic Nurseries

Pots from The Balcony Garden

Photography by Hannah Blackmore

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