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Empire Lane

Empire Lane
  • Address: 20 Melrose Crescent, Menora
  • Phone: (08) 6262 7252



Empire Lane’s passion for timeless gardens, natural products and beautiful accessories has allowed the company’s design aesthetic to flourish. This is especially obvious in this stunning Swanbourne home. For the team at Empire Lane, it was a delight to work with the owners, because they were open to having their vision for the project interpreted by Empire Lane’s designers.

The clients, who have two young children, wanted their garden to accommodate their family’s needs but also be beautiful with a functional flow, and to create the appearance of spaciousness.

Smaller gardens, such as this one, require a great deal more attention to detail than larger spaces as each zone within the garden must not only be visually appealing but also purposeful. Raised garden beds and steps become seating, screening becomes a piece of art and trees provide shade and privacy.

Soft mocha travertine tiles were used throughout the courtyard dining area and the main garden to tie in with the existing sandstone throughout the house. Travertine is ideal for outdoor paving because it remains cool underfoot even during harsh summer days. It is also a classic product that will age gracefully.

The daybed and feature stone wall is a strong visual influence in the garden that belies a practical purpose; it also creates a barrier into the pool area, restricting the need for pool fencing in this area.

A Mediterranean-style plant scheme allowed Empire Lane to inject colour, fragrance and beauty into a garden with plants that can withstand the harsh climate.

The repeat use of deciduous ornamental pears ensures this garden always feels lush and secluded in summer, while their tall narrow growth makes the garden seem bigger. Empire Lane favours deciduous trees in its designs because they constantly change; offering shade in summer, flowers in spring and stunning autumnal colour.

The new design also had to accommodate the owners’ koi fish, so two water features were incorporated. The courtyard pond provides the appearance of water flowing under the dining room floor and also reflects on the interior and courtyard walls throughout the evening.

As with all garden designs the placement of lighting was important. It allows the clients to extend the use of their new garden into the evenings, providing a great space to entertain friends and family.

Empire Lane enjoys close working relationships with its clients. Responding to their individual needs allows them to deliver uniquely tailored gardens.