One of our very first gardens was the 2 acre blank canvas at "Ingleside". The owners wanted a heritage style garden to compliment their house, with modern advantages such as a reuse water system, drip irrigation and weed mat. They also desired a productive section to the garden, incorporating fruit trees, vegetables and an area for chickens etc. Both partners loved fresh flowers in the house, so having a readily available selection of flowers to pick from the garden was a must, and yet the clients also liked the appeal of large expanses of lawn common to big estates. This garden was created before the onset of the 10 year drought, so issues of drought tolerance and minimal areas of lawn were not a concern at the time. Fortunately, both partners also enjoyed spending a little time now and then in the garden together, so low maintenance was not essential, although was addressed to some degree by the timed watering system, weed matting and reuse watering system as well as hardy perennial plantings. The photographs below show the results after 3 years.