Winter is a fluid concept in Australia. While it's freezing in Hobart, it is a warm and comfortable 30 degrees in Darwin and for the sake of the cold climate dwellers, Brendan looks at two stunning cold climate gardens.
In winter, nature is taking a rest and things start to slow down. Apart from a bit of pruning there really isn't much else that needs doing. It is a time for you to also rest in the garden, and take stock of what's working and what isn't.
And with all the pruning and cutting back done it becomes a very revealing garden. With all the flowers and fluff gone, the bones are laid bare and it's when a well laid out structured garden really comes into it's own. A great example of a well structured garden is the Sun Court at Yabba Yabba. It's made up of a series of spaces that interconnect and hold their interest through each and every season.
Also the formal gardens at the Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens are a great example of how a layout and design can enhance you're garden especially at winter-time, and how a formal design looks good through-out all of the seasons. It's design was born out of a European gardening tradition where seriously harsh winters meant structure was crucial. With its highly structured walls, hedges and paths, all set out symmetrically along a central axis, its design is uncompromising in its sense of order. The plants are there to add an extra layer of softness and interest, and in the winter months it's all about the colours, textures, and forms of the seed heads and grasses that left behind.
Mount Tomah Botanic Garden
Bell Line of Road
Mount Tomah NSW 2758
Ph: (045) 67 2154