SUGGESTED PLANTING PLAN
Plant wind-tolerant, taller species around perimeter of garden in mounded beds. Vary plant shapes and sizes to allow air circulation and views of valley. Stake plants well.
Build raised beds for vege gardens to optimise drainage. Consider installing a self-watering system to reduce evaporation. Lay pavers alongside for all-weather access. Position close to house for ease of access and to deter rabbits (rabbit-proof fencing may help).
Rather than large, greenhouse-raised plants, buy small plants that will adapt to the wind as they grow. Use the original soil mixed with compost or good-quality planting mix. Build temporary wind screens to protect plants as they establish.
Mulch all plantings with fine bark as strong winds will rapidly deplete soil of moisture. Plant groundcovers to protect soil and help prevent wind erosion.
Plant shrubs along base of house to soften. To improve growth rates, prepare all garden areas a month before planting by adding organic matter (compost, seaweed, animal manure, blood and bone) and gypsum to the soil.
Plant perennials and shrubs in raised or mounded beds within sheltered areas to add colour. Include grasses that will move in the wind and add a dynamic quality to the garden.