Eucalyptus ‘Silver Princess’ at Heide

I accidentally visited the Heide Museum of Modern Art last month, WOW it was a pretty wonderful accident! They have the most beautiful sculpture gardens, which are expansive and great for kids. The art Gallery itself is also an impressive building surrounded in native gardens with a bit of an edge. I saw this wonderful use of Eucalyptus ‘Silver Princess’ outside the entrance, it has been essentially espaliered against the black wall, which is such a great way to deal with it, as it is incredibly naturally weeping but also very weak and needs heavy staking for the first few years anyway. Very clever!

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The foreground planting to these stunning feature trees consists of dwarf Kangaroo paws (which grow much better in Melbourne than here!), Eremophila glabra prostrate, Xanthorrhoea and Themeda ‘Quokka’ (which I love).
The combination of foliage colours in the planting is diverse, meaning there is always interest, the other thing that really works is the way the old Anigozanthos flower heads have been left and are a similar brown to the Themda seed heads, and looking quite decorative.

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