It’s 40 degrees in Alice Springs with bright blue skies. It is raining in parts of northern Australia but Alice doesn’t get rain every year and with high temperatures and low humidity anything damp is oven baked pretty fast. Clothes dry on the line in the time it takes to have a meal. How do you garden in the desert? I was wondering how plants survive at all but there are
Awake, thou wintry earth – Fling off thy sadness! Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth Your ancient gladness! ~Thomas Blackburn, “An Easter Hymn” I travelled in Tasmania and Melbourne last week and saw the magic combination of a wet winter and warm days arriving. Blossom and color filled the air, peacocks sunned
Donna Niebling is a mum and a keen gardener from Seymour, which is situated about one and a half hours drive north of Melbourne. Not a drop of mains water For the past eight years, Donna has worked to create a garden that is both serene and filled with colour and it doesn’t use a drop of mains water.
This is a terrific plant species botanically known as Alyogyne huegelii. It is a native shrub of Western and South Australia and grows across southern Australia. It does well in poor conditions, full sun, and semi shade and best of all flowers in July to Summer.
There are a few things we look for at the savewater!® Alliance. Water efficiency is a good start; good long term research is always valuable; and smart use of online engagement tools is pretty attractive, too. The new program, SmartGardenWatering, is an interactive website that allows you to design ideal gardens based on local suburb soil and weather conditions and individual water use techniques.
The Dianella caerulea or Paroo Lilly is an attractive, robust strappy grass. The ‘Goddess’ variety has a neater form with lush emerald green straps, light green mid-stem and new growth, starry blue flowers and purple berries. The Goddess also has long lasting cut foliage for indoor decoration. Growing up to 1 metre high and up to 60 centimeters wide the Goddess forms an excellent mid height screening plant, luxuriant bed filler or an attractive feature container plant.
This plant can be quite hardy but has a lovely lush damp look about it. It’s a nice example of a number of good things about gardening. Firstly it’s a climber, so you can explore some vertical spaces in your garden.
It should come as some relief to know there is a part of our life we may not be that confident about, but is actually pretty straightforward to get right. In a high tech, high stress world a successful garden seems out of reach, we don’t have the wisdom, the money and mostly the time. And yet, a link to the wonderful world of green plants, a link to earth, air and water in our own private space, isn’t that exactly what we need? Well here is a simple tip. There are some plants in this world that are just going to do well in most gardens. They will flourish in average soil, they will survive hot summers and cold winters and most importantly they will do just fine on normal rainfall. Rising water prices and future water restrictions will pass by unnoticed with these plants. And how much would you expect to pay to get this advice? We suggest 30 minutes on the web and an hour or so at your local nursery. Below you can also watch a talk about drought tolerant plants, and lets face it if this guy can do it you aren’t going to be …