About the gar­den

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

Gra­hame Rowe and wife Kim moved into their home 10 years ago. The prop­erty had no gar­den or lawn, but plenty of trees. A cam­phor lau­rel, suck­er­ing wil­low and eu­ca­lyp­tus with an ‘un­trust­wor­thy’ lean were re­moved. Left in place were two flow­er­ing crepe myr­tles and a few bound­ary trees, in­clud­ing a corym­bia, a cer­atopetalum and a gar­de­nia.

Close to the coast with the ocean on the doorstep, the area has mild win­ter lows and cool sum­mer highs, with a wel­come nor’easter that helps cool things off. There’s a de­gree of coastal hu­mid­ity, but that’s great for the plants Gra­hame grows.

Lush­ness is achieved by cre­at­ing in­ter­est at vary­ing heights, us­ing Hi­bis­cus tili­aceus ‘Rubra’, palms (dyp­sis, bis­markia and ken­tia), ground dwellers and self-sow­ers such as jus­ti­cia, coleus, suc­cu­lents and plec­tran­thus. “Once you have that height tran­si­tion you can throw in the up­right colours of canna, cordy­lines and gin­gers,” says Gra­hame.

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