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A Japanese Garden in Coogee by Pepo Botanic Design

This coastal garden expresses the balmy summers of Sydney and a Japanese temple aesthetic in equal measure

A Japanese Garden in Coogee by Pepo Botanic Design

Pepo Botanic Design have created a South Coogee garden oasis reminiscent of temple gardens in the mountains of Kyoto.


The area is sectioned into water features, lawn, hedge, tiling, and plant beds in a way that brings out its greatest aesthetic potential.


A timber footbridge crosses from the swimming pool and over the pond, which is home to some Koi and a pet turtle.

Reeds of Cyperus papyrus sway gently alongside, adding vertical layering and suggesting the tranquility of a lake or riverside.


The plants are a Zen mixture of structure and ramble, movement and restraint.

The wispy, free-moving papyrus contrasts with potted succulents and neatly trimmed Japanese box hedge.


By sectioning the garden into a range of miniature worlds Pepo have given this coastal garden a lushness and an air of discoverability.


It expresses both the balanced aesthetic of Japanese gardens and the rich tropicality of warm Sydney.

Pepo Botanic Design

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