Setting up the garden
The photos in the following slideshow were taken when we were setting up the garden.The first is the most interesting as you can see the soil conditions in the background behind the pool. The ground is composed of small boulders and clay and you can clearly see the slope of the ground.
We had a long box built on the boundary next to the road and in this we imported good quality soil. We then put up the wooden lattices so that the plants that we were putting in were given some form of support. In the box we planted melalucas, climbing roses, bouganvilleas, hibiscus, viburnum and bottle brush plants which are fairly quick growers.
In the rest of the garden we imported river sand to go over the clay/boulders so that we could try and get the garden level.
Next to the pool we made the coloured stones and stepping stone area and you can see the circular stone area in the background where there is a cluster of giraffes.
We decided not to plant grass and go for low maintenance as there would be times when we weren’t here for a few weeks. However we have found that over the five years we have been here we didn’t anticipate the amount of pruning required on the hedge. The weeding is not too bad in winter but needs weekly work in summer.
The garden now