Gardening in Cold Climates

 

On Monday  I attended the annual GUYRA Garden Club lunch with guest speaker Simon Rickard. He lives in the central Victoria highlands so well knows the challenges associated with living in a cold climate.

Once you see his face, you may well who he is as he has been involved with Diggers and appeared on Gardening Australia - one of my favourite shows.


What an amazing presenter, challenging me to question plant choices and suggesting ways to include colour in winter through grasses, bark and sticks as alternatives to flowers.

Winter can be such a drab time in the garden however some stunning choices were displayed with plenty of photos to start thinking of ways to make winter more interesting in my New England garden.

Good design in winter holds a garden well and is the basis for success during the other seasons. A handy hint for evaluation is to take photos in black and white (which is unreliant on colour) and ask yourself "Where are other elements popping up in my garden design, such as shape and texture, which makes my area interesting."  

This will form the basis of design by highlighting areas in need of some more work.   Always something to do....

 Plenty of helpful insight and botanical names for useful plants provided a informative presentation. I have been following him on Instgm and noticed he provides a lot of information so hop on if you would like to know more / I plan to have a good look when I get a moment.