The gardens here belong to a series of flats, or town houses, built in Christchurch in 1959. Each flat has its own courtyard, measuring 7.5 by 10.5 m. Access to the courtyard is by a gate opening off a small alley, running between a pair of flats to the rear of the site. As a result, each courtyard presents an unbroken wall of concrete block to the bust street outside.
Behind each wall is a quiet, private space with its own distinctive planting scheme. For example, in the garden shown at right, the dominant tree is a Japanese maple, whereas in the garden below it is a Mediterranean cypress, Cupressus sempervirens. The identical walls present a unified street frontage, but the trees, shrubs and creepers visible over them are widely varied.
PETER SPOONER (Advisory ed.), Practical Guide To Home Landscaping, Reader's Digest Services Pty, 1973, ISBN 0-909486-16-6, pp 48-49.