One of the hardest lessons in the garden is separating my aspirations from my limitations. Flicking through beautiful coffee table books of the southern highlands and much higher rainfall zones always gets me in.. transported to a much higher rainfall zone, that doesn’t have the climate extremes we seem to experience. I look for inspiration in many places – online, locally, open gardens.
While my personal style has changed in the garden and evolved from lots of green hedges to now include a range of colourful perennials. Here are some of my fave spots to find inspiration:
- Wander through a friends garden. I love a little guided tour, cuppa in hand, seeing what works in their garden, the plant and colour combos that they use. The style and structure.
- Take notice of local plantings. Walk down the main street of your local town, visit local parks and take notice of what the key plantings are. They are often some hardy plant combinations that work in your local climate.
- Magazines – be inspired by beautiful images of established country gardens – I love Graziher and Country Style
- Instagram, Pinterest – gather ideas from some inspiring accounts. Here are just some of my fave insta accounts: