10 years in the making, the garden at white Cedars cafe has evolved, experimenting to find plants that are both drought and frost hardy, temps from -8 to 45C. A triumph to survive, let alone thrive with so much disparity. Some have indeed thrived, while others have found life hard going. Our white wisteria is now quite spectacular, and catches your eye as soon as you come through the gate. Eremophilas love it here, but the big surprise is the tulips which flower so well.
11 Ayers St Burra
The main feature of this garden is the owner’s love of stone that can be seen in the expressive and artistic way he uses the medium to create landscaped terraced gardens that are beautiful to look at even in the depths of winter, when not much else is flowering. Hardy plants feature here, as do most Burra gardens, our extremes in temperature mean the plants must have a high range of tolerance. Look out for his large echium shrub, which in October should be a mass of glorious blue flowers to grab your attention. The above picture was taken on the day of Chris's daughter's wedding.
Roger's Garden has been developed over the last 25 years. Landscaping includes terraced garden beds, bluestone walls, water features and a host of plants. This garden is very elegant, but light hearted at the same time, cool shade is provided by pepper trees which do actually smell of pepper in the warm summer air. Working with them is hard as their questing roots are always seeking water, raised beds help, however the plant selection takes this into consideration. A display of horse drawn vehicles will be on view, also a 1926 Rugby Vintage sedan affectionately known as Lizzie. Roger has a passion for poppies, so when you visit be prepared for the massed display of hundreds of plants in full bloom. A warm and friendly host, gardeners and car lovers alike seem to spend time in this lovely garden.
One of our most popular gardens representing many years of work. The lovely relaxing country style is a blend of mixed hardy plantings, both native and exotic with both fruit trees and a vegie plot. Don’t miss the ponds that Mary has added to her garden, they add to the atmosphere and make you feel cool on a hot day. This is another garden that will be colour filled during open gardens, from the rich blue of ceonothus, to the deep purple of irises, bordered by delightful seaside daisies. This is a garden with a lot of structure, but no rigidity, the plants and the lie of the land create the bones of the garden. Mary has chosen expertly with her plants and created a space that’s a pleasure for anyone to spend time in. We are so lucky she makes her home available to be shared with fellow gardeners.
A large garden reflecting a love of exotic deciduous trees, especially those which are able to adapt to our long hot summers. The favourites come from England and North America with some from Mediterranean climes. One of these is the smokebush, Cotinus Coggygria, astounding when in spring flower with an array of fluffy flower heads appearing smoky from a distance. Not only is it spectacular in spring, the autumn foliage produces an astonishing array of colours starting pale pinkish and finally settling on orangey gold. There are many varieties of ash trees, with the claret ash being a favourite. There’s a slowly developing secret area with a ring of Manchurian pears, which also produces vibrant autumn foliage. Sycamores and Japanese maples provide foliage contrast, with their deeply cut leaves or star like appearance. Borders have been made using Japanese sacred bamboo, which seems to thrive in Farrell Flat. All these are underplanted with a large selection of bulbs, providing colour for most of the year.
The original gardens have undergone change, as past and present owners have shaped their mark, however many relics remain, all in all the garden is a work in progress. Strong winds have taken their toll on some older trees this year, their removal has created new light filled spaces.
Gone is the old Cypress hedge which originally bordered the orchard, it’s slowly being replaced with a 2m high stone wall, with other planned outbuildings attached. Espaliering trees is something for the future, fruit trees are in varying stages of maturity, with vegetables planted in the spaces each season. Winter veg planting looks dramatically different to summer. Winter is the time for brassicas, onions, garlic and broad beans.
The rose garden borders the neighbour’s fence on the southern side, and an open lippia is shadowed by an old crabapple and a fast growing bay tree, with a shady wisteria pergola dividing a more secluded area.
Use of underground water tanks and grey water recycling has allowed summer watering to maintain this garden.
Mintaro slate and quarry rock have been used extensively in paving and walling.
Composting and weed recycling returns nutrients to new and existing plantings.
A fairly new garden with an eclectic mix of roses, natives, bulbs, succulents and iris in beds bordering gravel paths. Always something in flower. The centrepiece of the back garden is a lemon scented gum which makes quite a statement with its elegant shape and ghostly pale bark, the smell on a warm day or after summer rains is refreshing. Just because the garden is new, don’t neglect to have a look, the roses are delightful and the salvias will be in full bloom in October. A very colourful garden for you to enjoy.
A low lying frosty area such as this requires plants that tolerate extremes. All plantings are hardy and resilient. Another feature which is popular in the Mid North is the use of stone walls or border edging, which sits so well with this elegant house surrounded by inviting lawns and trees making a dynamic space, you can imagine garden parties being hosted here by previous generations. A large planting of poplars near the road give a green belt in summer, which in turn provides shelter from the hot afternoon western sun.
10 years in the making, the garden at white Cedars café has evolved, experimenting to find plants that are both drought and frost hardy, temps from -8 to 45C. A triumph to survive, let alone thrive with so much disparity. Some have indeed thrived, while others have found life hard going. Our white wisteria is now quite spectacular, and catches your eye as soon as you come through the gate. Eremophilas love it here, but the big surprise is the tulips which flower so well. Pictured is the garden outside the cafe in the main street.