Gar­den makeover Our gar­den guru Carol finds her­self caught be­tween a rock­ery and an­other hard place

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Text and per­spec­tive draw­ing by Carol Buck­nell. Il­lus­tra­tion by Imo­gen Temm.

This month’s prob­lem gar­den is dou­ble trou­ble – a rock­ery on one side and

ter­races on the other. Carol’s plant­ing plan uni­fies and beau­ti­fies both

Hi Carol

I would love some help to re­vamp my tired front gar­dens. One is a rock­ery and the other is ter­raced. We live in Waikoikoi, which is 20 minutes from Gore.

We get plenty of rain but nev­er­the­less these gar­dens are quite dry – they seem to grow weeds very well!

The soil drains freely and it’s a very sunny spot but the ground is very hard to dig be­cause it had lots of stones on it in the past. I want some­thing that is easy-care but looks re­ally nice when peo­ple drive up to the house as it is the first thing they see. Any ad­vice would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated.

Jann Robert­son, Waikoikoi, Gore

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