for holiday home
have a holiday home with one boundary consisting of a steeply cut
clay bank to the side of our driveway. Can you give us any tips
or a feature for a practical planting on a west-northwest facing
clay bank for an attractive display? I enjoy Weekend Gardener very
much and look forward to receiving any ideas for an area that presently
plants for a holiday home that can cope with extremes of dry when
you are away is sometimes a difficult task. It sounds as though
you will need something to cope with clay, which will be dry in
the summer and wet in winter.
Plants such as arctotis,
gazania, prostrate grevillea, rosemary and agapanthus are useful
plants. Some natives, such as prostrate coprosma, flaxes and leptospermum
(tea tree) are also versatile. It would be best to visit the nearest
garden centre for advice on plants that do well in local conditions.
When planting, make sure
you add a long term fertiliser like Yates Magamp or Nutricote. Mulch
around the plants with bark or newspaper to help with water retention
over the summer months.
Gardener, Issue 91, 2002, Page 20
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH.