Formal but relaxed, serious but still playful, this fabulous garden sets its own agenda. Take a leisurely wander through, and pick up inspirations of your own

Behind every great garden is a story of imagination and transformation, from bare earth into a perfect piece of Eden. Whether the land is a large country paddock or a suburban housing block, the challenge is the same – how to deftly wield the brush of landscape design over the canvas of nature. Stonefields, in the Mt Macedon region of Victoria, is a garden which, though only four years old, feels much more established than its years. But then, in this case, the hand wielding the landscape brush belongs to Paul Bangay, one of Australia’s most talented garden designers. And the client was one of Paul’s most demanding – himself!