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November 9, 2011, 3:30 pm betterhomesgardens
During his long career in horticulture, Better Homes and Gardens TV presenter Graham Ross has visited many amazing gardens, but which feature on his list of favourites?
Graham has visited many gardens in his career, but these are the ones that made it to the top of his list.
This tropical garden near Brisbane is considered one of the world’s best. The oasis spreads over 1000m² and features an enchanting rainforest jungle where more than 100 different palm species create a canopy for shade-loving understorey plants. Crafting a lush paradise from a flamboyant palette of exotic plants has been a work of love for gardener Dennis Hundscheidt, and his efforts have been well rewarded.
2. Include bromeliads, like this striking guzmania, for both their foliage and brightly coloured blooms.
Set within the grounds of a contemporary Melbourne house, and challenged by limited space, this garden employs a colour scheme of white, grey and charcoal for hard surfaces, overlaid with the emerald greens of multi-layered foliage. Flowers feature as seasonal highlights, but it’s the shapes, textures and shades of leaves that impress as you wander through. The garden was created by award-winning designer Jim Fogarty, who drew on his favourite design features to please a special client – himself! For more information, visit www.jimfogartydesign.com.au
6. Try this idea for a little textural interest – a square of bluestone cobbles breaks up the surrounding smooth surfaces and acts like a feature rug for this small courtyard.
Wandering the grounds of Red Cow Farm is like entering another time. A superb series of garden rooms, it’s arguably the best re-creation of a classic European garden anywhere in Australia. In the Monastery Garden, clipped formality complements flowery abundance, while other ‘rooms’ showcase idealised views of wild nature. The grounds host a collection of 800 roses as well as many rare shrubs, perennials and every English tree you could hope for. Extraordinarily, creators Wayne Morrissey and Ali Mentesh completed all the work themselves.
6. North-facing walls are fabulous for roses. Here, climbers feature along the back with shrub roses in the foreground
Imagine a sweeping plant-filled wilderness, just a stone’s throw from a city’s CBD and you have the unique Kings Park in Perth. It’s all thanks to the vision of the city’s founders who, in 1872, gazetted 175 hectares for the public park. Today, the grounds are spread over 400 hectares and offer Western Australia’s flora in all its diversity. Interestingly, WA is home to almost half of Australia’s 25,000 plant species, most of which are found nowhere else in the world.