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Where to start? I know, our new front garden!

As you know my husband and I bought a fabulous apartment last year. The front garden, when we moved into the apartment in July wasn’t much to look at. There was no garden edging, a very unhappy hedge, a succulent cross Agapanthus cross Australian native garden, a Strelitzia reginae (Bird of Paradise) that managed to produce one flower during the spring/summer flowering period and a Hibiscus sp. that didn’t fare much better on the flower front. The garden needed some love and attention and once the other owner occupiers in the building got wind I was a garden designer the wheels were set in motion.

Our front garden before

Our garden before

Apart from the design of our new garden, the old garden had to go and that was taken care of one Saturday afternoon.

The only thing remaining of the existing garden is the Hibiscus. The Hibiscus while not a prolific flowerer serves a purpose in the garden and so I decided to retain it. It is established, needs very little care, provides a privacy screen between our neighbour’s boundary and ours and also gives  privacy from the street.

The Strelitzia reginae on the other hand had to go, well done Andrew and Angela, a big job well done. In its place I chose a Leptospermum petersonii (Lemon-Scented Tea Tree). This plant has the most wonderful scent and I suspect a few leaves will be going into the smoker.

So one Thursday morning my right hand man (husband) and I headed to the Randwick Council Nursery (more on this fabulous place later) bought the healthiest, most wonderful looking plants and headed home to plant our new garden. It looks amazing. Everyone in the building loves it and I am very proud. See the pictures below:

Our new garden

Mixed Aus native garden

Front hedge

Here is a list of the plants I chose for our new garden.

Actinotus helianthi – Flannel Flower

Anigozanthos sp. – ‘Big Red’, ‘Bush Bonanza’, ‘Rampaging Roy’, ‘Orange Cross’

Austromytus dulcis – Midgeon Berry

Baeckea virgata ‘Nana’ – Dwarf Twiggy Baeckea

Banksia spinulosa ‘Birthday Candles’ – Banksia Birthday Candles

Dianella congesta – Beach Flax Lily

Leptospermum petersonii – Lemon-Scented Tea Tree

Melaleuca linariifolia ‘Purpurea’  – Claret Top

Melaleuca thymifolia – Thyme Honey Myrtle

Oxylobium cordifolium – Heart-Leaved Shaggy Pea

Rulingia hermannifolia – Wrinkled Kerrawang

Westringia fruticosa – Coastal Rosemary

Have you had any recent planting successes?