As this is the only finished garden bed in the house, I thought I’d share what I’ve planted.
This little garden bed was created after the fencing contractors finished the 30′ paling fence and gate in the previous photo which leads to the carport.
The soil in this part of the garden is very rocky; a mixture of sandstone, shale and ironstone. The largest, non-coniferous tree in the photo is Eucalyptus piperita and is native to this part of NSW. This tree is easily over 100′ tall, yet is classed as a small to medium size tree (?!?!). I can only guess that it has been here for many hundreds of years given how large it is.
The little dry stone wall that edges the garden bed contained stones that were all dug up from the garden bed itself, which will give you an idea of how slow going creating a garden here can be!
I added a large amount of rotted cow manure and a huge helping of rotted leaves to improve the soil as well as provide some additional matter to level the bed.
The planting scheme for this part of the bed is a row of Arizona Cypresses (Cupressus glabra ‘Blue Ice’) – these will get to about 40′ and will make a nice contrast to the lime green tones of the existing 30 year old Macrocarpa Cypress next to the car port.
Given that this bed is at the back of the garden, I want it to be able to survive on rainwater alone. I have included Cistus which have already grown in leaps and bounds – these should come into flower next summer. To keep them company, I have added variegated Hebes and a russet leafed Spirea.
The large shrub at the front of the picture is a variegated dogwood.
I had also planted some Hollyhock seedlings to hide the fence while the Arizona Cypresses filled out, but the snails and slugs found them irresistible! A handful of foxgloves at least have survived.
At the front of the bed, I have added some Grape Hyacinth bulbs which will naturalise over time (you can see them already starting to sprout in time for early spring) and these will complement the freesias and crocus bulbs next to the gate.
Tubestock is much to look at yet, but it should romp away by next summer.