a fresh approach to garden design
David Musker is a gardener from Jindivik, a small town in rural Victoria. He wrote an article, “A Fresh Approach”, published in “Gippsland Country Life”, Summer 08. In this article he pretty much describes my approach to garden design, what I do and what I try to do.
David argues that many of us are still making gardens like we did in the past, when wealthy people employed teams of gardeners and had an unlimited supply of water to maintain a varied collection of exotic plants from all over the world.
David aims to create gardens that survive and thrive with a minimum of human intervention. Plants need to be drought and heat tolerant. Once established, in the right position, in decent soil that is suitably mulched, these plants should not need to be watered.
David also suggests limiting the number of species and using mass planting. I don’t see this as essential, although it may make it easier to maintain. His aim is to have gardens that look lush and beautiful all the year round. They may not be flowering, but he reminds us that green is a colour, and there are many shades of green.
Most of my garden plants have survived a brutal summer, but they certainly don’t look lush or attractive.
So I look forward to David’s next article, which will provide a garden plan and ideas for specific plants to use.