Garden Design: Leichhardt Front Garden

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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.



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.



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.


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!



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.



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 🙂




3 responses to “Garden Design: Leichhardt Front Garden”

  1. Carla FitzSimons

    Hi Kath, I’m curious as to how you pruned the ‘silver princess?’ I have 3 that I would like to keep a little thicker to provide some open informal screening but am unsure how to go about it! Thanks, Carla

    1. Kath Gadd

      Hi Carla,

      I prune Eucalyptus ceasia when they are about 2 metres high, I basically lop the top off them, this encourages more growth lower down and thickens them up. For the first prune I would probably take off between 700mm-1000mm.

      Good Luck!


  2. Carla FitzSimons

    Thanks Kath, much appreciated. Carla

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