Mar 14, 2011 10:59 pm
We finished building a year ago today, and have finally gotten around to putting some plants in the front yard.
We had a lanscape plan drawn up for us by a friend, and we mostly stuck to it (the stone letterbox was going to cost a fortune so we let it go).
We have a deck sitting on top of two layers of kapunda bluestone. What I need is an idea of what to plant in the spaces between the rocks.
I hope you get what I mean from the pictures!
The original plan
The deck and rock wall at Christmas
A view across the front - looking from the driveway to the neighbours
From right to left we have - Hardenbergia violacea in white
Oleria (something, we couldn't get the ramalosa but thought this looked closest to it)
Then a big empty space for some Dianella 'Little Jess' when we can find it.
Then some 'brown-eyes' as my husband delighted in calling them. Leacophyta brownii
Then some more Hardenbergia violacea "Happy Wanderer" in purple.
So here are the spaces in between the rocks looking along the deck
Then there are these spaces around the steps that lead up from the driveway to the deck and the front porch.
We are still keen to plant the Pyrus Calleryana either side of the deck with the Dianella Tassie Red's under them.
So I guess I am looking for a native plant that likes full sun that will fill the spaces and hide the bottom of the deck but not hide the rocks.
Re: Plants for Rocks4
Mar 18, 2011 8:56 pm
I love the look of the Lomandra little con! Thanks! I think it will work great.
I also found across the road in the reserve they have planted some Scaevola albida so I think I might alternate between the two.
Re: Plants for Rocks5
Mar 19, 2011 1:53 pm
How about some kangaroo paws for height and colour? Maybe correas for some shape/texture contrast? Love my "Dusky bells".
In the spaces next to your steps, you want something low-growing....and not something that will put out long tendrils and trip folks up. Small clumps or something you can keep cropped away from the steps themselves. I'll see what I can find later...
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Re: Plants for Rocks7
Mar 20, 2011 3:44 am
Hardenbergia gets really big. About 2.5 meters around about 800mm high. Its feisty, beautiful but feisty.
For the rocks try Brachyscome var Purple, pink, white, almost blue (cut leaf daisy).
Mix with Kenidia (running postman) or Hibbertia microphylla and chryscosphalum sp. Also Xerochrysm - paper daisy. Big variety there.
Some cut leaf daisies will drape and collapse out so you can plant a more upright chrysco in with it and the 2 will complement and contrast. Each variety can be grown from seed just like a herb. They look and feel soft and nice but believe me these guys can grow in the middle of a drought and brush it off like nothing happened. They bloom almost all year and will highlight any larger plants you put next to them like lomabdra or a low growing banksia. Even a clump of heath or a Correa or Eremophila will look great.
Water them in and keep a regular water routine going over winter into spring. From there no need. They will bloom and bloom. If they start to stress less or no blooms become evident then you should water them but even if you don't or can't they will survive 90% of the time. Grey water is good to go. mud, sand, dirty rags, anything. I planted mine in the middle of a drought, they survived everywhere but next to the driveway, it simply got far too hot for anything.
Microseris lanceolata (Yam daisy)
Arthropodium strictum (Chocolate Lilly)
Brunonia australis (Blue pincushions - super tough)
Re: Plants for Rocks8
Apr 13, 2011 10:31 pm
I love what you have done
Gone Ducky would have good ideas here as well
I can't help bt suggesting moving the planting of the wonderful Leucophytas so they alternate in their location. The straight lines may look a little odd as they mature. zig zag them. So move the middle row forward a little. It will be fine to do. Seasol and molasses after the move Keep them clipped/hedged into tight mounded forms. Will look excellent Can you get a hold of Lechenaultia's over there? formosa in particular would excellent
Up on the top of the rocks, try Casuarina Cousin It and also Acacia waterfall in a few spots. Maybe a Acacia moptop as well? (I'm into these at the moment ) Throw in one or two Leucophytas too. Can you get any Beaufortias? Beaufortia squarrosa. Just beautiful.
Some Callistemon Matt Flinders. That is better than it's cousin, Little John Better flower.
Can you get Verticordias? chrysantha and plumosa are really nice
What about little Scholtzias? Can you get those?
A really nice one would be Melaleuca incana nana
Re: Plants for Rocks9
Apr 16, 2011 12:17 am
If you're after smaller Hardenbergia's, try the Mini Haha's.... only about 30cm high x 1m wide
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