Sweet Sur­ren­der

In his lat­est book, gar­den pho­tog­ra­pher Si­mon Grif­fiths presents 22 of his favourite coun­try gar­dens, in­clud­ing this one be­long­ing to pas­sion­ate gar­den maker and blog­ger Jenny Rose-Innes.

Australian House & Garden - - CONTENTS - STORY & PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Si­mon Grif­fiths

A lead­ing gar­den pho­tog­ra­pher turns his lens on one of his favourites, a ro­man­tic spot in the NSW South­ern High­lands.

Beds in the front gar­den burst with peren­ni­als, in­clud­ing del­phini­ums, aqui­le­gias, fox­gloves, clema­tis and climb­ing roses.

This 1500m2 prop­erty in Bowral, NSW, be­longs to pas­sion­ate gar­dener and au­thor Jenny RoseInnes and her hus­band Michael. Although the gar­den is only four years old, its seem­ing ma­tu­rity shows just what a clever gar­dener Jenny is. Bowral has the ideal cli­mate for grow­ing plants, with rich soil and plenty of rain, but you need a good eye and a green thumb to cre­ate some­thing as im­pres­sive as this. Both the new house and gar­den look like they have been there for many years, largely be­cause Jenny, in her sig­na­ture style, has brought in many ma­ture trees.

The gar­den has for­mal bones but a loose, ro­man­tic plant­ing style. The fresh green cones, balls and spi­rals of Buxus top­i­ary pro­vide an ar­chi­tec­tural frame­work, while climb­ing roses trail up fences and peren­nial bor­ders burst with in­ter­est­ing plant and colour com­bi­na­tions. The front gar­den fea­tures a for­mal rec­tan­gu­lar pond and an ar­bour planted with roses.

An amaz­ing faux-bois (imi­ta­tion wood) ta­ble made by Vic­to­rian artist Beau John­stone is sur­rounded by beds crammed full of peren­ni­als, with eye-pop­ping splashes of in­tense blue del­phini­ums, fox­gloves and aqui­le­gias.

From the back of the house you walk out onto a wide ter­race, with a seat­ing area per­fect for al­fresco meals, af­ter­noon drinks and reading. A round brick-paved area with a large acan­thus-leaf urn in the mid­dle is en­cir­cled by beds of sil­ver-green and white plant­ings and cones of clipped Buxus. Across the neat green lawn (where their dog, Penny, ca­vorts) is the most charm­ing glasshouse you will ever see, filled with plants, cut­tings, ger­mi­nat­ing seeds and neat rows of ter­ra­cotta pots. Next door is Jenny’s stu­dio and the bench where she spends hours re­pot­ting the gar­den’s many pot plants and top­i­ary.

TOP Irises are trea­sured in Jenny’s gar­den. TOP LEFT A French acan­thus-leaf ter­ra­cotta urn forms a fo­cal point. LEFT A seat­ing area by the back door is show­ered with petals from the Chio­nan­thus vir­gini­cus that shades the ta­ble in sum­mer. OP­PO­SITE Jenny adores her cus­tom-built glasshouse, where she over­win­ters plants, sows seeds and prop­a­gates cut­tings. Long spires of white and pink va­le­rian and dainty pink aqui­le­gia dance among the rows of irises and Buxus.

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