Woollahra House

A restrained plant palette blended with thoughtful garden accents combine to enhance the crisp white exterior of this striking home in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

The architecturally designed two-storey house required a garden design that was both minimal and refined. Layers of hedging were installed to create formal frames and bring a clean and elegant uniformity. Cupressus sempervirens ‘glauca’ (Italian Pencil Pines) at the entrance iterate this sense of formality and add a vertical element that speaks to the height of the house.

We selected grey granite cobbles for the driveway, lined with Pyrus calleryana ‘Capital’ (Ornamental Pear Trees) on one side, to create a seasonal avenue that blooms in spring and turns to red as the leaves change in autumn. Our design team also introduced a Lamarque Rose climber along the front of the house to soften the exterior and link it to the garden.

Waterhousea floribunda (Weeping Lilly Pilly) was planted along the fence line to shield neighbouring houses and create privacy in the swimming pool area.

Pepo collaborated with Carla Middleton Architecture and M&G Building throughout the project. This helped to ensure indoor and outdoor elements were jointly considered and that practical requirements – like soil improvement – were deliberately undertaken at crucial stages of the build.

The resulting sanctuary is heavenly. A contemporary and fresh design with classic undertones that highlights the beauty of nature and the serenity it offers.