About the gar­den

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Garden Walkaround -

Boat’s End is a coun­try gar­den of about one hectare that has been cre­ated over the past 10 years by Sarah and Roger Bu­dar­ick. It over­looks the lakes near the town of Goolwa and lies about 10km from the South­ern Ocean.

The soil is not par­tic­u­larly rich here – a sandy loam over clay that be­comes wa­ter­logged in parts dur­ing the win­ter – and Sarah, an ex­pe­ri­enced gar­dener, knew that with only limited tank wa­ter and pe­ri­odic strong winds, any plants she chose would have to be adapted to life in an ex­posed, win­ter­rain­fall cli­mate with poor­ish soils.

Hap­pily, there are lots of those; cor­rea, kan­ga­roo paw and Geraldton wax from Aus­tralia, cis­tus, valerian, olives, echium and euphor­bia from the Ca­naries and Mediter­ranean, and arc­to­tis, salvia and os­teosper­mum from South­ern Africa. Add in western South Amer­ica and Cal­i­for­nia and the list of pos­si­bil­i­ties runs even big­ger.

All of th­ese plants plus many, many more oc­cur nat­u­rally in cli­mates like Sarah’s, so fail­ures are few, and be­cause plants that evolve in a par­tic­u­lar cli­mate of­ten share phys­i­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics, the re­sult­ing gar­den looks al­most nat­u­ral.

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Echev­e­ria Ground morn­ing glory Kan­ga­roo paw

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