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Green Dreams

February 28, 2015
Garden Mood

One of the highlights of my year when I lived in England was the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The perfect rectangles of paradise that are the show gardens are nothing but inspirational, and I was lucky enough to have a proper English garden of my own in which to put this inspiration into practice. No such luck here in Australia. Until now. I finally have my very own patch of, well, frankly it’s brown at the moment, but it’s a blank canvas onto which I will paint my ideas over the coming months and years. First task is clearing away the builders’ rubble and adding delicious topsoil, before laying irrigation and rolling out the emerald turf I’ve been dreaming about for most of the recently finished build.

And while Australian native plants are drought and frost tolerant (vital in Canberra) I’ve never really veered from my favourite Mediterranean plants in my vision for this patch. I’ve picked snow pears as my tree of choice, with sandstone pavers, off white walls and copper/rusted steel edging, so all that remains is the planting plan. This mood board represents my idea for a silver, green & purple scheme that will feature a mix of structured balls of green with the loose purple spires of salvia and lavender, russet and blue grasses and heavily scented herbs such as purple sage and rosemary.

Photos of progress will follow when there’s anything more than brown to show…

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