Thursday, 29 March 2012

A peek into what everyone else is growing...

I love looking at other people's gardens. By looking at what people grow, you can tell a lot about who they are. It is always a pleasure strolling around my local area to compare plants, see what is blooming or doing well at a particular time of year or just enjoy the plants.

I am fortunate to live in a historic part of the city with many older gardens. These gardens often harbor many old-fashioned plants, most of which cannot be found in garden centres. Many of these gardens were planted in the early part of the 1900s when warm-climate plants were popular in Sydney.

                                                         A very happy Ixora chinensis

                                          Ravenala madagascariensis in a Sydney backyard

                                                   Clumping bamboo in a Newtown park

Colorful Hawaiian Tis (Cordyline fruticosa/terminalis) with a Ficus lyrata in the background

Sydney's mild climate is conducive to the cultivation of almost any plant. Colder-climate shrubs find the summer rain and humidity a bit much to deal with, and many often drop dead without warning (as happened with a Lavender plant I was attempting to grow). Azaleas are no-no, and roses hate our humidity. By contrast, these warm-climate plants thrive.


  1. All are very familiar plants up here. We can grow Azaleas and they seem to get through our horrid warm, humid summers OK. Roses of course always suffer during our wet seasons, but they soldier on. I just loved that mass planting of Cordylines. They look spectacular!

  2. Our roses usually have no leaves by November. They flower OK, but never look very happy.


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