Past the edibles and through the gate is the native garden – wattle to the right and then Correa and native plants mixed in with some sedum “Summer Joy” and Viburnum snowball trees. The soil here was terrible when we came – tee trees had made planting difficult and the only plants that survived were natives.
Firstly we cleared the scrubby trees and weeds, put down some soil and compost then mulched and just let everything settle for a year or so. There were rocks and established trees – but very shady and for ages we would stand and look at this and wonder what to do.
So we decided to plant anything that we just liked – providing is was shade loving, tough and if possible a native. This included a box hedge (normally you see these with White Iceberg Roses) which we didn’t trim but are using now for a bit of “cloud pruning”
Also a Bird House and a large “formal” urn, some westringa “balls” , Bottle Brush, wattles and a Ginko! I know it sounds a bit hotch potch – but we figured when you don’t know what to plant – then go for things you like!
We put a gate at the top of the “The Bank” which leads to a path that gives you a view of the whole back garden – and best thing is you are totally hidden. You just walk past the white seat and follow the stairs. Then you are at the viewing seat to look at the chooks!. A perfect sitting spot for taking everything in and being only in th company of the chooks.
There were other native areas like the Welcome Beds and in the Woodland but it is here that the natives really shine because they keep on going despite poor soil, little water and shady light!