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The weepiest of them all: Acacia cognata

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Ahhh the river wattle, flopping about just like a willow πŸ˜‰ Acacia cognata surely must be the weepiest and most cultivated of wattles, it is being remade and re branded everywhere! and for good reason too. Acacia cognata has a Read more ›

Prune me! I am Eucalyptus pulverulenta!

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This is without a doubt one of my favourite small Mallee Eucalypts, it is a very malleable mallee πŸ˜‰ it responds so well to pruning that if you don’t prune it you are almost doing the plant a disservice. These Read more ›

Why the name Mallee?

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I am often asked if I come from Mallee country in Victoria and sadly the answer is no, Mallee Design my business name was not chosen for geographical reasons it was chosen for aesthetic reasons. I am in love with Read more ›

The display gardens of Austplant Nursery

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I have been away in Victoria for the past few weeks, camping on Wilsons Prom and then visiting native nurseries and gardens on the Mornington Peninsula. It was a wonderful holiday that has left me with a touch of post Read more ›

The Elegant Wilga: Geijera parviflora

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This beautiful, weeping small tree is known as Wilga or Australian Willow and willowy it is, its long, narrow, pendulous leaves droop down creating a dense shade umbrella. Unfortunately this Australian native tree is used quite infrequently in gardens or Read more ›

Portfolio: Garden Design Bulli

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Yesterday I spent a sunny winter morning pruning and shaping in this coastal garden in Bulli, I love returning to one of my designs to do a little maintenance and tweaking, and this is one of my favourites πŸ˜‰ This Read more ›

Portfolio: Garden Design Lilyfield

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This is the tiny front garden of a small cottage in Lilyfield that was planted out about about 2 years ago, during that time it has flourished! Providing well needed privacy from the street and adding a lovely sense of Read more ›