We’re off to New Zealand right this moment to go to Lynne Leslie’s backyard. We’ve visited earlier than (Lynne’s Backyard in New Zealand), and it’s at all times enjoyable to see what she is rising.
Listed below are images taken in late spring in my small-town backyard in Wellington, New Zealand. I like perennials, greens, and shrubs, and I plant them shut collectively to maintain weeding to a minimal.
Yearly I plant snapdragons (Antirrhinum, Zones 8–11 or as cool-season annuals) and stake them as they develop to guard them from the sturdy winds we get right here on the hill. They flower from winter by way of to summer season, when rust assaults them. I then exchange them with different seasonal crops.
Planting evergreen crops below bushes provides curiosity all 12 months, and I tuck in colourful annuals relying on the season. Cinerarias (Pericallis × hybrida, Zones 9–11 or as annual) self-sow, together with primula, then the roses, hydrangea, dianthus, and different perennials come into their very own for summer season.
The roadside is a riot of easy-care coloration for canine walkers and motorists to get pleasure from: roses, gazania, dianthus, euphorbia, daisies, wallflowers, iris, and many others.—all solar lovers.
I do love clematis and develop many types and colours by way of roses and shrubs, up steel frames and wherever else I can match one in. That is our New Zealand native, Clematis paniculata (Zones 4–8).
Peonies (Paeonia species and hybrids, Zones 4–8) are one other favourite, however as a consequence of the truth that our winters in Wellington don’t get chilly sufficient for them to flourish, I assist them together with ice cubes and potassium throughout winter. This lemon one is the primary to flower and has large blooms.
Cape primroses (Streptocarpus, Zones 10–11 or as an annual or houseplant) do very effectively outdoors and in addition in pots within the gazebo. I watch them rigorously, as snails are inclined to have an exquisite lunch if I allow them to.
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