‘Second Nature was commissioned to design, build and project-manage our backyard in Stonefields, Auckland in September 2013. The brief was to create a backyard which was beautiful, unexpected, required little maintenance and included the use of natural materials (timber, grass and stone). The garden needed to be sufficiently robust to accommodate the presence of two high-energy dogs, and all planting decisions had to be made with this in mind. The Second Nature team worked closely to ensure that the design maximised the space and lighting, as well as enhanced the appearance of the rear of the house.
‘The existing pergola, grass, planting and concrete walkways were all removed, although some wooden retaining was reworked and incorporated into the finished design. A new large wooden deck and pergola now frame the garden. Second Nature constructed a large day bed, a wooden seating area and a stone outdoor fireplace. Hand-finished concrete planters hold the unique and thoughtful planting selections that all reflect a consistent palette of white, green and various hues of purple. The overall result is stunning.
‘The predominantly clay site required the installation of an extensive irrigation system. A grass was selected that would be sufficiently resilient to withstand the dogs’ rough playing. A stone retaining wall running along the back of the property provided a design challenge. The wall was softened with large, custom-made steel frames to support climbing plants. To the side of the house, a utility area with a washing line extends into the garage. This area was paved with StoneSet to facilitate drainage and easy movement of bulky items, such as bins and gardening equipment. This StoneSet paving was also repeated at the front of the house.
‘Working with Second Nature was a pleasure. The team are exceptionally professional and knowledgeable and made the whole process thoroughly enjoyable. No conversation was too small or unimportant to ensure the end result was exceptional. I’d highly recommend Second Nature to anyone looking for a team to work with them to create a beautiful landscaped garden.’