Friday, 18 February 2011
Garden Tour Countdown - 10. The D Garden
In case anyone is wondering why it's called the D garden. Originally that was the shape of the bed. It has expanded to a sort of triangle with two sides straight and one side a semi-circle - not a D at all anymore, but the name has stuck.
There's a real mixture of plants in this garden. On the side facing the house there are 2 magnolia grandiflora which I had hoped would be the main focus of the area but they have been a bit slow to develop. (My fault for not giving them enough TLC. I don't think they like having to compete with all the other plants for nutrients and water.) There's also a couple of frangipani, a few hibiscus, dracenea, a cycad, some acalypha, agave and some coleus,
Thanks to the purple heart plant Tradescantia pallida, Rhoeo and golden alternanthera gibsonii - ground covers extraordinaire - the garden rarely needs weeding except for grass that strays in over the edging.
One day I would like to totally redesign this area - rip some of the plants out and replace them and create some sense of form rather than the current jumble of plants. Meanwhile I'll just give everything a prune and pull a few weeds and the D garden will continue on as it is.