BRING BACK THE BLOOM
STYLE UP YOUR PATCH FOR SUMMER WITH TWO TRENDS
NATURALISTIC and Balinese are two garden styles in the limelight this summer, landscape architect Kirsten Brown says.
“The naturalistic style is characterised by soft-textured planting of native grasses or perennials in cool colours of variegated foliage, whites and greens contrasted boldly against strong architectural shapes and topiary clouds of plants such as Japanese box, teucrium or westringia,’’ Brown says.
“The tropical Balinese style is characterised by foliage gardens where the planting design is relaxed, interesting, colourful and bold. Plants such as bougainvillea, frangipani, heli- conia, bromeliads, rhoeo, calathea and popular.”
Brown, from Topos Landscape Architects, says summer garden design should be about tranquillity and shelter from the heat.
But if you don’t want to adopt a specific garden style, just add a few summer plants to your existing garden.
Flowering, fragrant and heat-tolerant plants can easily update a garden.
Fragrant plants include star jasmine, gardenias, herald’s trumpet, frangipani, port wine magnolia, butterfly bush, angel wing jasmine and the Madagascan jasmine.
“Summer and heat-tolerant plants include many succulents, native grass- philodendron, colocasia are es and silver-leaved plants. Droughttolerant plants include yucca, teucrium, westringia, plectranthus, eucalyptus, euonymus, butterfly bush, hebe, lavender, rosemary, thyme, salvia and phormiums,’’ Brown says.
Food gardens remain popular, she says.
“Citrus trees, fig trees and papaya trees are attractive trees suitable for a town garden and herbs like sage, parsley, thyme, lemongrass can be included in the overall garden,” Brown says.
“If you have a trellis you may want to climb some passionfruit on it and benefit from both flowers and fruit.”