a new garden vision
Now that summers can be so hot and dry a new gardening aesthetic and practice is needed.
The garden style or design I aspire to can be thought of as mock–wild. Since I am situated in Australia, my notions of wild came partly from our English colonial roots – green, leafy, shady – and partly from our indigenous landscape – gum trees, other flowering trees and shrubs of various shapes and sizes, and spiky grasses as contrast. But the use of indigenous plants was still used in a cottage garden style: densely planted, pretty and varied plantings.
In Australia there exists an extremely wide range of ecosystems. I have been basing my garden on mild temperate climatic conditions. Now I am thinking about using a desert template. On a hot summer day I think a lush green garden looks decadent, out of place, even a bit silly.
About a year ago I had a camping holiday in central Australia. This was a wildness that got under my skin and into my heart.
When I got back I changed my nature strip from lawn to granitic sand, with the odd rock and a couple of tough indigenous plants. I love the look of it and it is easy to maintain.
Maybe this will be the dominant influence in the next stage of my evolving garden. Despite this extremely challenging summer I have regained hope and have an exciting new garden vision.