Garden Design Study Group

Member's Correspondence:
Developing a Garden in Northern Tasmania

From the February 2010 issue of the Study Group Newsletter.

I have been a member of the Australian Plants Society (Tasmania North) for about 5 years. I borrowed Study Group Newsletters from a fellow member and friend. Once I started reading them I realized what a valuable resource of information they were. I joined the Study Group in Oct '08.I have already improvised an idea from Newsletter No. 32 - Allocassuarinas underplanted with small acacias and ground covers of scaevola and native primrose.

I live in a dry sclerophyll area of northern Tasmania, and am developing about an acre of native garden. The front of the garden was previously established with mainly exotics, but I am transforming the back garden and the front as ideas and gaps appear. I have Allocasuarina littoralis on my property and they are coming up naturally in a corner of the garden, so I have underplanted with two Acacia mucronata, two A. suaveolens and two A. cognata 'Green Mist' and an A. crispula, with mauve scaevola and yellow Goodenia ovata underneath. I can't wait for these plants to become established and see how the colours and textures go together. I particularly like yellow in the garden and love it with mauve and white. Also coming up naturally in this area of the garden are lovely small blue stars, possibly Chamaescilla corymbosa, Thysanotus patersonii (the twining fringe lily), Arthropodium strictum (the chocolate lily), Dianella tasmanica (Tasman flax lily), Goodenia lanata (the native primrose), Boronia nana, lots of Drosera, Burchardia and some Diuris which are all flowering now as I write, in early November (2009). Comesperma voluble (the blue love creeper) and lots of Viola hederacea and Pimelea humilis are also flowering.

It is quite a special corner in the garden.

Sharon Percy, Tasmania.

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