As I write, the rain is gracing the earth again and the temperature has dropped to Autumn levels and at the nursery I am putting down cuttings in the cutting bed as fast as I possibly can. Autumn seems to have come early this year, (though I wonder if we will get a late hot snap), and the Correa in my garden agree with me. So many of them are in full flower. Beautiful bells of red, green, yellow, pink, white and combinations of the above.
Looking at garden pictures in lovely glossy magazines would lead one to believe that it is possible to always have a most magnificent garden which never looks a little scruffy, not ever. But I can assure you that even the most photogenic garden has its spots and blemishes at some time or other and photos do not necessarily tell the whole picture through all seasons and from every angle. I can certainly make my garden look a whole lot posher than it is by pointing the camera in certain directions.
Whilst one may not have a perfect garden there are certainly plant selections which will ensure that generally your garden is looking alive and well through the seasons. Call me a fuddy duddy if you must, but I am a little bit passionate about plant choice being largely what suits the climate and position with just a few added ‘can’t resist’ items sneaked in once the garden has matured a little.
Over the years I have had so many clients say I cant get this to grow and I cant get that to grow and my response usually is well I don’t try to get that to grow because its too much bother in this climate to which it is not suited. I really don’t have that much energy to mother plants constantly. Plants in the too hard basket might include those from higher or lower rainfall areas, areas which have sandy soil or no frosts. Australia has such a wide climatic variation from top to bottom and West to East it is super important to do your homework or talk to someone in the know, someone who is actually growing the plants they are selling. That is if you don’t want to be bothered with the challenge and want a garden that is relatively easy to care for.
Correas are generally just one of the mainstays of a hardy garden in this area but If you need a little help I am always up for a chat about mainstays for your garden.