Other people’s gardens are often a delight to view and are a great source of ideas to implement in your own garden. My sister’s garden (pictured above) is no exception.
A beautiful red urn nestled amongst the greenery, and beside a small Buddha, adds colour to this courtyard garden.
The Euphorbia Lipstick, also known as the ‘crown of thorns’, looks stunning with its hot pink blooms and large green leaves. Flowering for most of the year, this euphorbia is a nice addition to any garden.
Growing happily in a pot, this hydrangea has just produced a pretty light pink bloom, which seems at first glance to be an artificial silk flower. On the same plant is an older bloom which is changing into pretty autumn colours.
Violas, which flower in a wide range of colours, have a soft, old fashioned look that complements this large basket.
A very hardy hedging plant which tolerates dry periods, the duranta has been trimmed as a hedge behind this decorative garden seat.
Marigolds are great plants for brightening up any garden. Easy to grow, they will continue to flower for months. Deadhead frequently to ensure continuous blooming, collect and dry the spent flowers and you can sow fresh seeds next year.
This ornamental bird cage, too small to house birds, is ideal for planting some succulents.
Ideal for containers, baskets and gardens, our white Euphorbia always seems to be in flower.
Easy to propagate by carefully removing a rooted section and replanting, these pretty little plants will soon fill a bare space in the garden.
The narrow spaces beside the house and side fence are usually out of sight and out of mind. Ours was no exception and became an unruly mess, full of tangled weeds. A redeeming feature was an edging of mondo grass, which – as it can tolerate almost anything – was still thriving underneath the weeds. My grandson decided that it was time for a makeover and after much digging, tugging and cutting, he had cleared the area. A thick layer of newspaper, three bags of pine bark, some strategically placed bush rocks and the result was a side path to be proud of.
Hedges give a touch of neatness to a garden, but need occasional pruning.
Our garden has a variety of hedges. Beside the driveway – in a raised garden – we have a small, shaped hedge of Duranta ‘Sheena’s gold’.
On the other side of the driveway is a tall hedge of Orange Jessamine (Murraya paniculata), which makes a good privacy screen. After rain, this beautiful screen is covered with creamy white flowers, which smell like orange blossom. Both of these hedges are underplanted with Lomandra Tanika, which adds a touch of softness.
Surveying my garden, I was pleased to find many new flower buds.
The Polygala, ‘Little Polly’, has pretty mauve flowers and little feathery tufts that sit within its pea like flowers.
New buds on my miniature Agapanthus are a welcome sight, adding a touch of mystery as I wait for the reveal of their colour.
Periwinkle pink flowers are a mass of colour contrasting with the dark green leaves. Growing to a height of about 90cm, these cheery little flowers brighten up a section of the garden beside our driveway.
Soft new growth on the Indian Hawthorn is surrounded by leathery leaves. Growing quite happily in a pot, our plant has many surprises as it produces new growth followed by pretty pink flowers, then seeds which change colour as they mature.
There is something quite satisfying in viewing your efforts after a day spent gardening. Mowing the lawn, trimming back shrubs, opening up overgrown pathways and then sweeping away all the cuttings to reveal a lovely space is very rewarding.
Perhaps the nicest part of the day is enjoying your surroundings, while holding the hose, filling up the birdbath, watering the garden and watching everything being refreshed.
Sprays of lovely mauve flowers and strappy leaves, the Liriope makes a gentle display in late summer. Growing quite happily in a pot it also makes a good border plant.
Our Glossy Laurel or Cryptocarya laevigata, is a small shrub which has only grown to about 2 metres. It has, as the name suggests, beautiful glossy leaves and recently produced eye catching red berries.
The sound of bubbling water in a garden has a very calming effect and attracts dragon flies and fogs. This water bowl, home to some goldfish, is a nice addition to our deck.