Esjay Landscapes + Pools | Open Air by Esjay Landscapes + Pools
Open Air Boutique Garden. Unhindered by the small area, our team wanted to capture the beauty and tranquility of an outdoor space at home, and demonstrate that through harnessing water flow and whimsical plantings, harmony and modern aesthetics collide for the ultimate courtyard - a place to relax, wind down and be at one with the world outside.
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Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2024

by Esjay Landscapes + Pools


Open Air

a free or unenclosed space outdoors.
“getting out in the open air”


Being in nature and fresh, open air is proven to be successful in boosting mood, decreasing stress, and reducing high blood pressure and heart rate.


Unhindered by the small area, our team wanted to capture the beauty and tranquility of an outdoor space at home, and demonstrate that through harnessing water flow and whimsical plantings, harmony and modern aesthetics collide for the ultimate courtyard – a place to relax, wind down and be at one with the world outside.


This elegant show garden provides you with an opportunity to lounge about in a relaxed, yet luxurious setting. Sweeping curves reflected around the design soften the hard surfaces and rigid lines. A crisp, white pergola frames the space with dappled light, creating delicate shadows and flattering the mirrored diameter of the spa.


A brass water feature acts as an alluring water curtain, ensuring privacy and creating a unique backdrop to the garden. The minimal, yet sophisticated brass detail is carried through to the in-situ concrete day bed, extending the fine detail and adding a touch of class to the space.


Lay back and immerse yourself with the tranquil sound of water, overlooking a lavish circular spa and layered planting, which has been carefully selected to evoke a sense of calm and peacefulness. Informally positioned with predominantly soft tones and textures, the plant palette is accented with architectural leaves and branches, to add an extra element of style and structure and complete this contemporary haven.


Laze, unwind and replenish.
Be in the Open Air.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show
Open Air - 3D Render
Concept Plan by Esjay Landscapes


Huge thanks to all of our wonderful Event Partners. We are so grateful for your ongoing support and generous sponsorship of the Esjay Landscapes + Pools Boutique Garden in 2024.


Handyman Steel Supplies

Anston Architectural Products

Better Exteriors

The Pool Tile Company

Dennett Metal Fabrication

Alternative Surfaces

SR Carpentry

Moorabbin Timber


Solid Edge Design

The Fence Painter

Smart Water


Thank you to the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show for once again hosting the Boutique Garden Competition.


Thank you to show owners IMG and NGIV, and the wonderful team at Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers (LVML) who have presented this unique opportunity for the Esjay Landscapes + Pools team to design and build a Boutique Garden in 2024.


A final thank you to the three Boutique Gardens material sponsors – Gardens at Night, Warners Nurseries, and Bio Gro.

Boutique Gardens - Sponsors


The plant selection has been chosen to evoke a sense of calm and peacefulness, a feeling of being one with nature. The plants are positioned informally around the garden, the soft tones and textures, accented with architectural leaves and foliage offers a sensual balance to the space.




Achillea millefolium ‘Terracotta’
– Yarrow

The pale orange flower-heads of this Achillea peek above the lower shrubs and ground covers to add subtle interest and a harmonious colour pop.

Japanese Windflower

Anemone japonica ‘White’
– Japanese Windflower

Cheery, crisp white flowers burst above soft clumping foliage, adding texture from top to bottom.

LIttle Blue Stem

Andropogon scoparius ‘Prarie Blues’
– LIttle Blue Stem

A great way to bring some architectural form into the garden by way of this blue-green grass. Thin, upright growth with burgundy tips add interest without being too bold.

Cousin It

Casuarina glauca ‘Cousin It’
– Cousin It

Added as a spectacular filler in lower areas around step risers and stepper pads. The low foliage teases out on the horizontal plane, reaching across with its matt-green, wiry growth.

Golden Indian Cedar

Cedrus deodora Aurea
– Golden Indian Cedar

A singular tree features in this small space, with its graceful and delicate weeping foliage providing a tranquil backdrop.

Green Wave

Casuarina glauca ‘Green Wave’
– Green Wave

The clipped Casuarina brings stability and form to an informal garden. The singular positioning creates a unique, mounded effect.

Autumn Fern

Dryopteris erythrosora
– Autumn Fern

Scattered clumps of the small Autumn Fern throughout the garden add more texture, with copper-tinged new growth added to the mix.

Canary Island Ivy

Hedera canariensis
– Canary Island Ivy

Large, leathery dark green leaves create a vivid contrast against the backdrop of the limestone wall cladding. A vigorous plant which will be happy to tumble down the wall for a cascading, visual delight.

Shore Juniper

Juniperus conferta
– Shore Juniper

This Juniper and its shapely growth teases out from the variety of shrubs and grasses, tickling the edges of steppers and walls to ensure extra depth and tone in the plantings.


Miscanthus sinensis ‘Adagio’
– Miscanthus

A beautiful grass with bronze-pink seeds heads, harnessing a wistful feel into the garden.

Mountain Fleece

Persica amplexicaulis ‘Alba’
– Mountain Fleece

Dainty white flowers arch high above bright green lower foliage, creating movement with even the slightest of breeze.

Sikkim Creeper

Parthenocissus sikkimensis
– Sikkim Creeper

Mid-green, delicate leaves with bronze-red new growth gracefully twist and tumble under higher shrubs and grasses, brightening up the lower pockets of the garden with a fresh colour burst.

Peruvian Feather Grass

Stipa ichu
– Peruvian Feather Grass

Dotted plantings throughout, the Peruvian Feather Grass adds extra movement with its creamy, pale seed heads.

Great Burnett

Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Antique Pink’
Great Burnett

A whimsical plant with low green foliage and contrasting dark pink flowers. A stunning colour pop!


ALFRESCO: 3350mm high steel structure with circle cut-out in roof, rafters running adjacent to front, painted white.

REAR WALL: cladded with Better Exteriors 200x50x20mm ‘Claremont’ limestone.

WATER FEATURE WALL: custom-made, to extend from ceiling to ground.

DAY BED: custom-made, rendered day bed with curve cut-out, 30mm shadow. 10mm brass protruding detail.

MATTRESS + CUSHION: custom-made for daybed.

SPA: circular spa with tiled interior and top, rendered grey exterior.

SPA TILES: The Pool Tile Company 20x20mm GC420 ‘Alpine’ Stella Marina glass mosaic tiles.

ROD FENCE: steel rods, painted white.

CIRCLE PAVERS: Anston concrete pavers 900, 800 and 500mm diameter, in off white.

COFFEE TABLE: custom-made 900x400mm, in white textured aluminium.

PAVING: Better Exteriors limestone paving for top and 3 x sides of alfresco area, and entry step.

LIGHTING: Gardens at Night lighting.

PLANTS: Warners Nurseries, with a selection of specialist varieties independently sourced by our design team and horticulturist.