We’ll start outside the fernery. This bed is mainly a mix of crotons and cordylines. Eventually I would like this garden bed to be dense and overflowing with cordylines but they are still fairly small.
Along the side fence are a line of frangipani. We bought the dark red one but all the rest were grown from cuttings that John’s Mum collected from her friends at the bowls club. We planted mock orange Murraya paniculata along the fenceline behind them to protect the frangipani from wind damage and to fill in the area during Winter while the frangipani are dormant. This is where Missy greets her doggy friends and protects the garden from people walking by. She has a partner in crime called Rambo who is even smaller than Missy and lives over the road. They yap at the big dogs or children riding bikes or whoever they think should be yapped at and, of course, to maintain your line of vision you have to run up and down through the garden.
To continue our walk around, next we come to the lemon and lime trees in the corner. My brother gave them to John 5 years ago for his birthday. They are both wonderfully productive trees. The branches on the lemon tree are weighed down with fruit which will ripen in Autumn/Winter. We love them and plan on planting more citrus.
The beds along the back fence have a row of golden cane palms alternating with variegated hibiscus to create a screen and an assortment of plants including Alternantheras, Cannas, Dracaenas, Crotons and Coleus – chosen because they basically look after themselves with very little care and they were all propagated from cutting or division so didn’t cost anything.
The back fence from a distance. As you can see, this area is roughly rectangular.
……… and that brings us back to where we started.