Garden Design: Leichhardt Front Garden

I happened to be in the inner west this afternoon and was very nearby one of my gardens, I thought I would do a drive by and see how a Eucalyptus caesia was going after I re-staked and pruned it 12 months ago. This is what I saw, a very happy Eucalyptus Silver Princess with some very happy Themda ‘Mingo’ creating a lovely blue green carpet underneath.

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This front garden bed is only about 2 metres by 3 metres and is on the south side of the house, hence it is quite difficult to photograph.

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It was very important to the client that her front garden make a statement in a suburb where Murraya and Buxus hedges rule, a front garden that addresses the street and has textural interest year round.

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In the image above you can see Pandorea ‘Lady Di’ growing on a wire trellis to green the posts and frame the front porch, needless to say I am super happy at the way Themeda ‘Mingo’ is spreading out as an under storey, love that plant!

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The front bedroom window will soon have screening from the street provided by the Eucalyptus caesia, which forms a soft weeping small canopy and if pruned will remain fairly thick.

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This is an un-grafted caesia and so far, so good, it has withstood a very heavy hail storm a couple of years ago and some aggressive staking. You can’t really beat that beautiful peeling bark revealing the snowy powdery trunk. I am quite happy with this postage stamp sized little garden 🙂

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