Welcome to Shaw Landscape Groups very first garden makeover project case study. This is where we dish up a quality serve of landscape information and dig a little deeper into some of our favourite projects.


Project: Hamptons-inspired, country garden renovation
Location: Bowral, Southern Highlands
Council: Wingecarribee Local Government Area
Budget: $50,000

Our client wanted to achieve an elegant country-style landscape makeover to compliment their newly renovated hamptons-style property. With a goal of preparing the property for sale, the garden needed to have standout curb appeal, a welcoming and contemporary entrance, require little maintenance, as well as appeal to a wide variety of buyers. With views to the iconic Mount Gibraltar, the house sits on a 918m² vast, mostly flat corner block, with lots of street frontage and a slightly sloping backyard. A neutral colour palette with washes of green, white and timber were important to our client, as well as introducing a dedicated ‘safe’ space for families and outdoor entertaining.

State of play

Proudly standing on an elevated corner position and screaming for a makeover, the front and rear gardens were looking a little worse for wear:

  • Uncared for gardens with little street appeal
  • Dated driveway and exterior
  • No boundary fences
  • Large diseased pine tree to right side
  • No real areas for the family to mingle or kids to play
  • Old timber pergola – an eyesore
  • Trees covering the front entrance / house facade


Large diseased tree to right of property, winter project with temperatures below -0 degrees, tight deadline (completion in 2 weeks).

  • Overgrown garden before landscape makeover
  • Overgrown garden before landscape makeover
  • Overgrown garden before landscape makeover
  • Overgrown garden before landscape makeover
  • Overgrown garden before landscape makeover

LANDSCAPING GOAL AT FRONT OF PROPERTY: Visual boundary and curb appeal

State of Play:

Faceless and fenceless. With no formal boundary or property fence line between the house and nature strip, pedestrians used to cut across the front and side gardens. The site looked quite small as there was no fencing. The cute cottage was hidden behind trees and shrubs and offered no curb appeal.

  • ‘Vulnerable’ front garden space, open to all
  • No structure to planting
  • Lack of visual boundary
  • Boring and outdated
for sale sign before front garden landscape makeoverfresh grass, beautiful front garden landscape in bowral
dated letterbox and poor looking front garden property in bowralWhite post and rail fence renovated garden property shaw landscape group

Landscaping Solution:

You don’t need a large rural property to enjoy the benefits of a post and rail fence. It’s the perfect fencing solution if you’re wanting to create a visual boundary, show off your garden with unobstructed views, and in our clients case, add some structure and country charm to their front landscape. 

  • Removal of existing plants, trees, front garden veggie box and old concrete driveway
  • Installation of Polvin PVC post and rail fences and gate (no maintenance and a 30 year warranty)
  • New ‘Bowral Crunch’ driveway with tumbled marble paved edging and gravel
  • Inviting path from front gate to front door with tumbled marble pavers, gravel and unusual planting
  • New hedges to the front fence line, low planting to front of house and 3 striking Magnolia trees to the side of the driveway
Front garden from door entrance before landscaping
large front garden space in front of a residential Bowral propetysteppers, paving, turf, landscaping garden makeover


State of Play:

The property had an existing private rear garden with ample space that was underutilised and uninviting. The large old and dilapidated pergola was a visual ‘eyesore’ when you came out to the deck, distracting you from the beautiful views to the rear of the property.

  • Old timber pergola
  • Incomplete back deck
  • Old brick paving
  • Lots of turf with weeds
  • Minimal garden areas and planting

Landscaping Solution: 

Your backyard should be a place to unwind, relax and have a good time and if a potential buyer can visualise themselves enjoying their new garden space, you’re on the right track. Fully designed for entertaining in mind, the outdoor gardens were given a serious makeover. 

  • Demolish and remove existing pergola
  • New timber stairs installed linking the deck and fire pit area
  • Installation of U-shaped Tasman block walls with timber seating
  • New turf to match with existing
  • Creation of new planting areas with the installation of 8 Stunning Bradman Pear Trees and a variety of frost tolerant and low maintenance plants

Bring on the Merlot and toasted marshmallows!! There is now a large deck with two sets of stairs leading to either the garden or new fire pit area. In summer this area could easily be transformed into an outdoor ‘lounge’ with lounges rather than the winter fire pit theme.

old pergola and deck at backyard landscapeblock seating wall and decking around an outdoor firepit


After 2 weeks of hard work the gardens of this cottage were transformed from tired and boring into manageable and magical. With low maintenance as a key consideration, from the ‘no maintenance’ fencing and suitable plant choices, to the turf which is grown specifically for cold climate regions, the gardens will thrive for years to come.

The white post and rail fencing, tumbled marble pavers and light coloured gravel driveway and front path make the house look fresh, modern and give it real curb appeal from the street. There are now multiple areas for kids to kick a football or play hide and seek while their parents enjoy a wine off the beautiful back deck and take in the views.

In winter marshmallows can be toasted around the fire pit whilst sitting on the timber seating under warm blankets. In summer this area can be transformed into an outdoor lounge whilst drinking cocktails under a big cantilever sun umbrella. The options are endless and our client was delighted.

Landscape Materials Used

Plant/Turf List

  • Canturf Canberra Blend
  • Magnolia Little Gem
  • Viburnum Odoratissium
  • Gardenia Magnifica
  • Lavender Avonview
  • Pittosrorum Gold Sheen
  • Murraya Panniculata
  • Dianthus Angel Series


When it comes to renovating or preparing your property for sale, most people spend the majority of their time and money on the build of their home rather than the landscaping. In spite of this, there is some serious merit to creating a well-groomed and presentable garden. From the all important curb appeal, to adding significant resale value, good landscaping can be just as or in some cases, more important than the interior renovations of your home. We may be a little biased but trust us, don’t leave your landscaping to the last minute and be sure to allocate a suitable budget to accommodate your garden’s needs. We hope to see you for our next instalment.