Brighton Project

Brighton Project

    Presenting our recent project in Brighton, Victoria, landscaped by Jack Merlo Landscape & Design. This modern landscape features a variety of hedging, screening, and feature trees, all supplied based on Jack Merlo's plant schedule. Our client's brief was clear: they wanted to prioritize privacy while adding a touch of luxury and grandeur to the area. They also sought to create a green backdrop visible from the kitchen and living room. In response, we curated a selection of trees and plants to meet these needs, resulting in an ultra-modern outdoor space that perfectly complements the home's sophisticated aesthetic. 


    Syzygium 'Backyard Bliss' - Lilly Pilly

    'Backyard Bliss' Lilly Pilly has been used in the Brighton project as a practical and attractive privacy screen above the pool. Its dense, evergreen foliage provides year-round privacy, it's fast-growing, and its non-invasive roots make it ideal for poolside placement. This low-maintenance Australian native is perfect for similar projects needing quick, reliable privacy with minimal upkeep.

    Key Facts:

    • Uses: Ideal for hedging around pools or creating boundaries, offering both privacy and aesthetic appeal.
    • Mature Height:¬†Typically growing up to 3-4 meters in height
    • Mature Width:¬†Approx 2-3m wide
    • Growth Rate & Form:¬†Fast
    • Foliage: Evergreen foliage with glossy green leaves, maintaining a lush and green appearance year-round.
    • Maintenance: Low maintenance; occasional pruning helps maintain desired height and shape, while regular watering promotes healthy growth.


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    Backyard Bliss Lilly PIlly

    Backyard Bliss Lilly Pilly

    Ficus Hillii 'Flash'

    In the Brighton project, Ficus Hillii 'Flash' is planted as a boundary hedge for privacy and aesthetic appeal. This fast-growing, dense foliage tree is ideal for screening, creating a natural barrier that ensures privacy from neighbours, especially around the pool area. Its lime-green leaves add a pop of color that contrasts well with the pool, and the plant's size can be easily managed through pruning, making it a perfect choice for landscapes looking for quick, effective and attractive privacy solutions.

    Key Facts:

    • Uses: Ideal for creating boundary hedges, providing privacy, and adding a touch of greenery to outdoor spaces.
    • Mature Height: Approx 8-10m tall
    • Mature Width:¬†3-5m Wide
    • Growth Rate & Form:¬†Fast
    • Foliage: Glossy, bright green leaves that retain their color year-round, ensuring a lush and vibrant appearance.
    • Maintenance: Low maintenance; regular pruning helps maintain desired shape and size.



    Ficus Flash

    Acer Palmatum (Japanese Maple)

    The Japanese Maple is a feature tree in the Brighton project's courtyard. Its autumn colors offer a striking display, and its location by the window allows for enjoyment both indoors and out. It's a practical choice for those wanting a focal point in their garden.

    Key Facts:

    • Uses: Ideal as a centerpiece in courtyards.
    • Mature Height: Reaches 4-8 meters tall.
    • Mature Width: Grows 3-5 meters wide.
    • Growth Rate: Moderate, with an elegant branching pattern.
    • Foliage: Colorful leaves throughout the seasons.
    • Maintenance: Regular watering and occasional pruning needed.


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    Buxus Sempervirens English Box

    Buxus Sempervirens English Box adds a touch of classical elegance to the landscape. With its dense foliage and compact growth habit, these evergreen shrubs are perfect for sculpting into formal hedges or intricate topiaries.

    Key Facts:

    • Uses: Ideal for formal hedging, topiary, and edging along pathways and garden beds.
    • Mature Height: Approx¬†1-2 meters Tall
    • Mature Width:¬† Approx 1-1.5 meters wide
    • Growth Rate:¬†Slow to moderate growth rate¬†
    • Form:¬†Very Compact, bushy form, perfect for shaping and pruning.
    • Foliage: Small, glossy green leaves that retain their color throughout the year, providing year-round interest.
    • Maintenance: Low maintenance; regular pruning helps maintain desired shape and density.



    Ligularia dentata reniformis ‚ÄėTractor Seat Plants‚Äô

    Tractor Seat Plants have been selected for their unique foliage to underplant the Ficus Hillii 'Flash' and 'Backyard Bliss' Lilly Pilly around the pool area in the Brighton project. These plants bring a contemporary edge to the garden with their large, glossy leaves that resemble tractor seats. Their clump-forming habit provides lush, ground-level interest and complements the taller hedging plants by adding texture and depth to the planting scheme.

    Key Facts:

    • Uses: Excellent for adding modern texture under taller plants or as a standalone feature.
    • Mature Height: Up to 1 meter.
    • Mature Width: Spreads 1-2 meters.
    • Growth Rate: Moderate
    • Form:¬†Distinctive clump-forming foliage.
    • Foliage: Kidney-shaped, glossy green leaves that make a statement in any garden.
    • Maintenance: Easy to care for; requires regular watering and occasional fertilization for optimum growth.

    If you have a big commercial project or development, or if you are a DIY residential client looking to recreate the enchanting look of the Mornington Project, please don't hesitate to give us a call. Our team is ready to assist you in bringing this unique coastal landscape vision to life.

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