As a Horticulturalist, it is always a delight to visit the garden of a fellow plant lover. I recently had the pleasure of walking around, admiring and discussing plants with Heather, a long time Bulleen Art & Garden customer. Heather & her husband Mike live in Lower Templestowe, and their garden has been a labour of love for over twenty years. Heather and Mike are regular visitors to BAAG, and it was fantastic to get the opportunity to go and have a look at the garden where so many of our plants have ended up!
As you pull up out the front, the first thing you notice are the beautiful big Willow Myrtle and Liquidamber combination in the front yard. Both have grown to create a gorgeous, shady front garden oasis. Heather has wisely abandoned any front lawn, instead cleverly creating a woodland style garden with flat tiers of garden areas that are linked with natural stone steps and curvy crushed rock paths. Walking around the paths there are plant surprises everywhere.
The thing I love most about this garden is the wonderful mix of native and exotic plants, succulents and bulbs. Everything has been chosen for shade and hardiness, and it is a classic example of why it can be a good thing to not get too hung up on creating a certain type of garden. As a devoted gardener, Heather knows it can be trial and error with some plants, but most importantly she has created a beautiful soil foundation with compost and manure added regularly over the years. Having this beautiful rich soil as a base is always going to give your plants a head start. Like myself, Heather is also a big fan of liquid ‘Seasol’, especially after hot weather for plant recovery.
There is also a beautiful specimen of Eucalyptus caesia ‘Gungurru’ that the birds just love. This variety has amazing bark and flowers as you can see in the pic above. It is also the species that ‘Silver Princess’ (a very popular Eucalyptus) was bred from. ‘Gungurru’ are quite hard to come by (wholesalers generally don’t grow them) but if you are interested in one let us know and we can add it to our Customer Orders system and try to source one for you. No promises!
Heather has planted some stunning Camellias in her favourite reds and pinks and loads of cleverly grouped Arthropodiums, Clivia, Loropetalum, Strelitzia, Aucuba and Ajuga. Little spots that get more sunlight have Osteospermum, Lychnis, Iris, Lewiesia, Azaleas, Alstroemeria, Ixia, Tritonia, Abultilon, a couple of large Angels Trumpets and a dazzling Daphne.
Heather also has a spectacular collection of succulents and Agaves cleverly arranged in a group of pots. Her gardening talents don’t stop there either, she is a keen vegetable and herb gardener and has a number of netted GreenSmart pots. Heather & Mike have also gone to great lengths to cover their Blueberry Bush, because although they are happy to share with the local wildlife, the Blueberries are strictly for themselves to enjoy at the end of a day of working in the garden.
This really is an inspirational garden! Thank-you both for sharing with myself and our BAAG readers.