The garden bed along our side fence was long overdue for some major tweaking. I'm not sure whether the franginpani trees had depleted the soil or the mulch we used had caused nitrogen drawdown (or a combination of both) but the
Over summer, with the frangipanis in bloom it looked OK (but not great). At the moment with the frangipanis in dormant mode it looks terrible.
Some drastic action was called for. This was not a case of adding a plant or two. A major overhaul was needed. Some plants needed pruning, some were beyond saving and needed to be removed and most importantly, before any new plants were added, the soil needed to be brought back to life.
Of course the supervisor was on hand to check that we were doing it right. Missy was in puppy heaven - the smell of cow manure AND blood and bone. She may be cute and fluffy but she's a real dog and gross smells are hard to resist.
Her nose was working overtime
Obviously the frangipanis stayed and the murraya hedge, as did a pink flowering justica and a callistamon. At one end there is a ground cover of variegated jasmine which looks healthy. It can stay as well.
I trimmed the hedge and cut back the poinsettias, which are tough as nails and provide a show of colour during winter while the frangipanis are bare.
We recently divided some clumps of a variegated dietes (Dietes Vegata Variegata possibly). A few clumps along the border might be nice.