Country Style - - DREAMSCAPES GARDEN -

VIC­TOR I LE R DE RD ERG, LE R DE RD ERG, VIC­TO­RIA Own­ers Jack Mar­shall and Zena Bethell have been cre­at­ing a very per­sonal and ex­cit­ing garden near Tren­tham in Vic­to­ria, while ex­per­i­ment­ing with ideas and in­spi­ra­tion drawn from overseas. Frogmore is en­vis­aged as a space with long walks, bor­dered by horn­beam and English box and punc­tu­ated by gar­dens with dis­tinct styles and colours. The For­mal Gar­dens are their ver­sion of Monet’s ‘paint­boxes’ where, each sea­son, they ex­per­i­ment with colour themes. Th­ese twin bor­ders are most spec­tac­u­lar at sun­set — it’s then you can ap­pre­ci­ate their true painterly feels. The Prairie Garden is an in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the New Wave plant­ing evolv­ing in Europe and the United States, yet to be fully em­braced in Aus­tralia. Our harsh cli­mate pre­vents us from grow­ing many of the plants com­monly used in prairies, so this is an ex­per­i­ment to see what species will grow in our con­di­tions and which plant com­mu­ni­ties will thrive.

You can best ap­pre­ci­ate the long bor­ders of Frogmore at sun­set. This shot, taken at the end Fe­bru­ary, show­cases the abun­dance of flow­er­ing an­nu­als and peren­ni­als, in­clud­ing Agas­tache, Cro­cos­mia, Pen­ste­mon, He­le­nium, Rud­beckia and Ver­bena bonar­ien­sis.

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