MY OFFICE GARDEN
This is most definitely NOT intended as a display garden, rather, an inspirational and gorgeous place for me to work in. Envious friends call this my sanctuary - and it jolly near is!! Ideally I would like to have sculptures etc in the garden, but at the moment I am making do with plants.
Of course the plants I use here are many of my favourites....
Always starting with the structural plants - Shrubs and trees: Feature trees Acer 'Bloodgood' (maples), buxus balls, Camellia hedges, purple flax, Pittosporum 'Elfin' balls, Astelia, Michelia standards, Viburnum 'Anvi' hedge, lancewoods, rengarenga lilies, Muehlenbeckia etc etc.
Perennials and bulbs: Heuchera, Bergenia, Euphorbia Chameleon, Geum, Lilies, Tulips, Freesias, Polyanthus, Primulas, Hellebores, Aristea, Dietes, Libertia (formosa and grandifora), Helenium, Scleranthus etc.
I did rough plans orginally, always intending the area to be split into two separate 'rooms' - front door is reds/dark foliage with street appeal, while side garden is private (when hedge grows) and shaded, with much more foliage contrast, with seasonal colours of oranges, silver, dash of purple, and lots of GREENS.
Both gardens have to look good 12 months of the year. I like strong structure, seasonal variation, flowers to pick, fragrance, and colour. The gardens were planted less than a year ago, so will change as they fill out. Can't wait for the hedges to grow, to define the separate areas. I just enjoy having a pocket sized garden to tinker in, compared to the huge country garden at Earlyhurst.
Front Garden @ First Street - REDS
|Tulips at the front door|
|AFTER! October 2010 - garden is 1 year old. Seen here from the footpath.|
|Dark red flaxes create structure along the footpath fence|
|Fothergilla gardenii - favourite shrub!!|
|BEFORE!!! Winter 2009|
The Private Side Garden - FOLIAGE FOLIAGE FOLIAGEThis side area will one day be private, once the hedges grow. I have used strong foliage plants in greens, russets and silvers to create contrast and a neutral backdrop for seasonal colours of orange (Helenium) and splashes of purple (Verbena bonariense). Foliage insludes Muehlenbeckia, Michelia standards, Magnolia grandiflora, lancewoods, Astelia, Scleranthus, rengarenga lilies, Bergenia, and Viburnum Anvi along the side fence. I have to paint the fence a dark charcoal one day soon. Ficus is climbing up the fence to make a wall of green.
|Late summer Feb '10|
|Lancewood contrasting with Rengarenga foliage|
|Astelia in the foreground, Muehlenbeckia behind|
|The side garden before fence has been painted - Sept '10. A work in progress!!|
Finally painted - and does'nt it show up the plants in front? Ironsand by Resene.
|Michelia yunnanensis standards|
|Helenium flowers over summer|
EARLYHURST - THE 'HOME' GARDEN @ BIDEFORD
Poor old home garden gets the least of my time, and this is reflected in this page!! Will get more photos soon!!
|The front of the house. The hedges and topiary give structure year-round. Oct'10|
|December 2012 - Asiatic lilies, alstromeria |
and daylilies add splashes of red.
|The topiary cones are Corokia Bronze King|
|Red dahlia add a zing of colour through summer|
|Daylily and Alstromeria|
|Reds and orange of this lily pick up the other colours |
around it, as there are orange lilies and then lots of red
things. This helps marry the two.
|From the front porch across to the tennis court. A green view |
at this time of year , as all the colour is in the front garden.
|Old faves - Heuchera and Euphorbia Chameleon|
|Lime green Euphorbia adds highlights|
|Mid winter - the topiary cones, balls and hedges|
mean structure is there right through the year,
with the flowers only providing seasonal colour.
|A bit of fun, and a way to integrate two different hedge varieties.|
|Mass planting of Hellebores and Rengarenga lilies under the fir tree.|
|Alstromeria are the BEST for picking.|
|I live the foliage of Bearded Irises even when flowers are over|
|Viburnum trilobum - absolute star!!|
|Bergenia and Dietes bicolour|
|Beautiful blue iris|
|A greedy local.......|
THE WATERFALL....... this is on a separate page now....