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Geeta
I am a newbie gardener trying to plan a garden in my new home at Armidale, NSW

I would like to plan a garden which would be easy to maintain has a mix of perennials and natives. The house is on a hill and so plants must be frost and wind hardy.

Submitted: 05:15PM, 31 Aug 2015
Answer: Hi Geeta,

Good to hear that you are about to get into your garden. My reply can only be very general in nature without a full understanding of the garden, site, soils, need and so on. I would recommend that you employ a good local designer for a fuller design.

In terms of natives. take a look at neighbouring properties, as well as the plants growing in the local bush to get ideas of what do well in your area.

With reference to the perennial component, I would suggest that you include bulbs such as daffodils, Iris, Tulip, Snowflake and Muscari. In addition, you could also allow crocus to naturalise in the lawn for a winter/spring show. If you can find them, the fox tail lily – Eremurus are spectacular plants.

I always like to have some grasses as accent plants that hold interest into the winter.

Perennials are such a huge range, and as you have a cooler climate, you can really go for it. If wind is an issue, Don’t go for the tall spikes such as Delphinium or Thalictrum etc. I think you need to decide your colour palate and work it back from that.

Sorry to be so general, but it’s such a wide brief.

Kind regards
Ben

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Answered: 07:57PM, 01 Sep 2015

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