Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2010 - the front garden grows

Just like in the back garden, I didn't do any major work in the front garden in 2010 but nature was at work again....













Above: The top 3 images show the mounded garden bed from different angles. In here I transplanted the few Dietes and also planted Flax, Grevillea, Lavender, Coast Rosemary, Kangaroo Paw, Blue Fescue, Liropes, Mini-mondo grass and cat grass. The next image shows how big the New Zealand Christmas Bush has become. The next few show the front of the house from various angles and distances, in particular the front fence line, with the hardwood posts, now looks much more settled with the garden growing behind it and I LOVE that when you are sitting in the front courtyard area the mound and plants creates a privacy screening from the road, it's really very special. I didn't want anything too high here as I like the view and like looking across to the reserve and all the trees.

Amongst other things you will see:
  • the two cats in some of the images, always around when I'm in the garden >(*!*)< 
  • the front right-hand side of the driveway has been planted out with the Coast Rosemary against the picket fence and some Blue fescue as a border along the edge of the driveway, plus some self-seeding Coastal Wattles that now run down the right-hand side of the house*
  • the left-over mulch on the driveway from the Banksia and Eucalyptus trees when they were cut down (this was eventually moved out the back just onto the last section of lawn I want to kill off and will be moved again shortly, but more on that later)
  • the front balcony has been repaired, updated and painted (apart from the hardwood posts that will grey over time
  • the rest of the awning has been painted as the garage door surround, the front and back gutters, facia's and eaves
  • the last two images show a self-seeded gazania and one of two lovely terracotta pots I got from Bunnings

*As much as I like the Coastal Wattles (down the right-hand side of the house) they pose two problems. The first is that they attract Ochrogaster Lunifer (processionary caterpillars) which end up stripping their host plant (the wattle) and in some cases killing it. These caterpillars are quite harmful and it has been said they can cause miscarriages in horses! If you get a spike in your skin it can cause infection, so I don't really want them hanging around, plus when they strip the tree (around March / April each year) it looks unsightly. More importantly though, even though they provide a lovely privacy screening from next door they are not the right plant for such a narrow space. As I have to replace the drainage pipe down along that side they will have to come out anyway...so I have to start over here once I find a more suitable plant.

PLANT FACTS:
  • Phormium tenax: Common name: Flax (Ultra compact - Sweet Mist); Approximate size - 35-40cmH; Habit - compact strap leaf plant; Features - bronze foliage; Conditions - grows well in full sun to shaded positions, tolerates heavy frosts and moderate dry conditions, suitable for most soil types, in humid areas care should be taken to plant in well drained soil; Common use - ideal for mass planting as a low border or fill in plant, also good for containers and patios.
  • Grevillea thelemanniana: Common name - Grevillea 'sweet mist'; Approximate size - 30cmH x 1mW; Habit - groundcover, shrub; Features - bird attracting, evergreen, hardy, fine mid green foliage with bright scarlet spider flowers; Conditions - full sun, part shade, well drained soil, coastal conditions; Common use - perfect for rockeries, embankments, native gardens, underplanting.
  • Grevillea lanigera dwarf: Common name - Grevillea; Approximate size - prostrate x 1.5mW; Habit - small, spreading evergreen shrub; Features - bird attracting, deep green foliage with pinkish-red, toothbrush flowers; Conditions - full sun, part shade, coastal conditions, well drained soil, tolerates light frost; Common use - ideal for hedges, shrubberies and large tubs.
  • Westringia: Common name - Coast rosemary; Approximate size - 1.5mH x 1.5mW; Habit - compact shrub; Features - green-grey, rosemary-like leaves which are velvety white underneath, white to light mauve flowers with purple blotches in the throat; Conditions - full sun, part shade, coastal conditions, tolerates a wide range of soils and conditions, grows best in well drained soil in a sunny open aspect, relishes coastal conditions including salt-laden winds; Common use - ideal for native gardens, seaside gardens, good as a hedge.
  • Anigozanthos Hybrid Rambodiam: Common name - Kangaroo Paw (Bush Diamond); Approximate size - 60cmH x 45cmW; Habit - compact, bushy flowering strap-leaf plant; Features - white kangaroo paw flowers with a hint of pink; Conditions - full sun, heat tolerant, light frost tolerant, drought tolerant, well drained soils; Common use - suitable as feature plant in a container or planted en masse, pots, cut flowers.
  • Liriope Muscari: Common name - Liriope (Evergreen Giant); Approximate size - 30-4cm H & W; Habit - clump forming evergreen strap-leaf plant; Features - densely clustered tufts of narrow grass-like foliage and lilac flowers; Conditions - prefers well-drained soil in a sunny to part shade position, tolerates full sun, dry periods and frost once established; Common use - ideal for defining borders, groundcover, suitable for pots and containers. 
  • Dactylis Glomerata: Common name - Cat grass; Approximate size - 30cmH; Habit - clump forming evergreen strap-leaf plant; Features: grass-like; Conditions - sun, sandy soil, mulch, water; Common use - garden beds and pots
  • Lavandula: Common name - Lavendar (Jack Pike); Approximate size - 60cmH x 60cmW; Habit - compact, ornamental shrub; Features - evergreen aromatic shrub; Conditions - grow in moderate fertile, free draining soil, full sun, tolerates hot summers and cold winters, grow and yield best when there is adequate calcium in the soil, lime may be added, avoid using excessive amounts of fertiliser and never use strong manures; Common use - ideal tub specimen, as a hedge and as dried flowers.
NB: Deites and Blue Fescue plant facts in earlier posts.

1 comment:

Annie said...

Lovely to find a new garden blog, thanks for visiting