One of the perks of being a landscape designer is a day trip into the Dandenong hills to look at what’s being grown and what’s looking great.
Last week Sarah P & I headed out to Conifer Gardens Nursery to see the fresh spring growth on David’s collection of Maples, Dogwood, Conifers and Shrubs.
It’s such a picturesque site with rolling hills in the background, expanses of specimen gardens and tightly clipped hedgerows to protect the stock.
It’s so easy to get caught in the trap of using the same tried and tested plants over and again. If you know it works and you know where to get it, you use it again, and again. But sometimes it takes a trip to a quality grower to see some things you’d never known and never thought to use.
All of a sudden, those names in the catalogue come to life….Acer palmatum ‘Oshu Shidare’ , with it’s spreading form and bronzed purple leaf; Acer shirasawanum with it archetypal layered branching form; Acer palmatum ‘Pixie’ with Vibrant Red Spring leaves; Thuja plicatum ‘Fastigiatua’ a moderate growing hedge that can regrow from a hard prune. So much to chose from! Happily I can chose to put them in as many gardens as I want.