A soulful garden set around an 1860s bluestone cottage will be open to the public in Malmsbury at the end of the month.
Established more than 14 years ago, 'Melrose' features a blend of influences from Mediterranean to Middle Eastern and formal to relaxed cottage styles, with the space featuring on Gardening Australia and Better Homes and Gardens.
This 0.2 hectare garden, designed by Deborah Hambleton, does not look out of place in the central Victorian landscape.
The entrance to Melrose is a cottage garden featuring roses and lavenders, with poppies self-seeding in the gravel, all embraced by the original bluestone cottage.
A chicken house, where a Barnevelder chicken family now resides was created with fruit trees providing shade in the chicken run.
A central feature of the garden is its pool, where ornamental grasses and productive trees go to the edges and fragrant jasmine and lavender spill over the sides to create the feel of a natural water feature.
The pool shed is inspired by the hay sheds of central Victoria, using bush telegraph poles, recycled railway sleepers and corrugated iron set across a Middle Eastern theme.
Every surface is draped and cloaked in greenery and seasonal flowers.
Climbing roses, Chilean jasmine and other creepers all weave their way up and over the garden's archway frame to stir the soul.
The garden uses a plant palette that is a template for plants that will survive and thrive in harsh conditions while providing a mixture of colour, structure and productivity.
This must see garden will amaze and inspire with its clever use of space and drought-tolerant plants.
Open Gardens Victoria chair Liz Fazio said the organisation aims to open gardens across the state from expansive rural properties to small, inner suburban spaces.
The gardens can be designer or developed by their owners as a labour of love over many years.
"Our goal is to inspire people to look at gardens and gardening as part of a good life and a greener community," Ms Fazio said.
Melrose's individual design is what makes it a unique garden.
"The design looks to complement the bluestone house through its use of materials while including various separate garden rooms that add to how the owner is able to enjoy the property," Ms Fazio said.
The garden at 33 Clowes Street, Malmsbury will be open on Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1 from 10am until 4:30pm.
Entry is $8 for adults, with those aged 18 and under free.
For more information, visit opengardensvictoria.org.au