Structured or “formal” gardens have always made me swoon, but with this garden I had a vision of something different – a garden full of texture and etherial beauty…
When we first moved into our home, two and a half years ago, there was almost no landscaping at all – and what was there was not exactly my idea of a beautiful garden.
There was also no front fence, leaving us completely exposed to the passersby. Our first renovation project was to build a new front fence, which required getting rid of the row of “granny-ish” looking bushes along the front of the property (and we were pretty happy to see them go). Once the fence was up and painted we designed and planted up our first garden.
…with this garden I had a vision of something different – a garden full of texture and etherial beauty…
I wanted to combine some old favourites, with less commonly used plants.
We chose olive trees to pleach along the inside of the fence to add some extra height and privacy, so we underplanted these with plants of complimentary foliage and flowers: grey-ish greens, whites and a hint of purple.
The garden is made up of a cluster of natives, herbs and bee-friendly flowers:
- White Gaura (‘Whirling Butterflies’)
- White hydrangeas
- ‘Geentys Green’ Corokia [to be trimmed into peaks when they get big enough, to give the garden an element of structure amongst the texture]
- Sage (the herb)
- Silver Bush (Convolvulus cneorum)
- Brachyglottis (Sunshine)
- White Iris
- Cineraria Silverdust (Dusty Miller)
- Glamis Castle David Austen Roses
Each autumn we prune everything right back, ready for it to bloom again in spring.
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