Silver and Grey in the Garden

This photo was taken in Melbourne Botanic Gardens where they had a display garden made up of only silver or grey foliaged plants, it was pretty interesting to see them all planted together and pick out which ones were natives. Here you can see the Eucalyptus caesia ‘Silver Princess’ underplanted with a bit of a hotch-potch of stuff 🙂
As an entire garden planting palette it didn’t really do it for me but none the less it was good to see some of my favourites being represented. Of course Acacia baileyana prostrate, looking superb spilling over on the side of these steps.

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Many of these plants look great planted in a dull shady spot to bring a bit of a highlight in the shadows.

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Above you can see Lomandra ‘Seascape’, then Eremophila glabra prostrate with Maireana oppositifolia ‘Smokey’ in the background. This is a fantastic feature plant, not only does it stand out because of its colour but it forms the most amazing shapes, it is upright in a kind of clumpy, pointy way. It looks soft from a distance but is actually hardy and textured close up almost like a succulent.

P1090464Maireana oppositifolia ‘Smokey’ likes a dry, well drained position, however it is not as delicate in humid conditions as it looks and is well worth a try on NSW east coast.

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