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‘Sea-Changer’s’ 8 pages in Better Homes & Gardens Mag, August issue out now !

 

Garden Lovers, if you haven’t been able to make it up for one of ‘Sea-Changer’s’ opens here at Forresters Beach on the Central Coast, grab yourself a copy of Better Homes and Gardens mag August issue OUT NOW. This was a mid May shoot and shows how you can extend interest well into late Autumn for your cool subtropics garden at home.

Love Your Garden … ūüôā¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

‘Sea-Changer’ THIS Fri 12th July, 7pm Channel 7 Better Homes & Gardens

Graham Ross at ‘Sea-Changer’ on BH&G’s shoot day in mid May this year

Getting a¬†chance to spread cool subtropics love here at ‘Sea-Changer’ ..¬†that’s what you’ll see 7pm on¬†THIS¬†Friday’s 12th July episode of Channel 7’s BH&G program.
Graham and I get to show you a¬†species hippeastrum for late Autumn, so useful for a blast of scarlet fire in the semi shade garden. Tune in to see¬†pretty sub-shrubs like barlaria and ruellias that can bring your garden welcome long flowering interest. He’ll also show how climbing bromeliads like Neoregelia x macwilliamsii and N. compacta are covering¬†slat panels here, to bring lush low maintenance green¬†cover to walls and fencing for¬†your garden and much, much more ..

THIS¬†Friday’s episode of Channel 7’s Better Homes & Gardens you can¬†see my ‘Sea-Changer’ garden, for ideas¬†to make an even better garden at home….
See you ‘Sea-Changer’ – side !!!
 

Shoot day at ‘Sea-Changer’ from the Mirror Deck

CLICK ON ABOVE VIDEO for a ‘Sea-Changer’ taster on what you’ll see on BH&G tomorrow (Friday 12th July) night.. !!¬†

Cool Subtropics Sydney gardens ‘Clifton’ Masterclass Peter Nixon

Garden Peeps ..¬†its nearly time this Wednesday 1st May for our special time together at historic ‘Clifton’ for a
Masterclass I’ll give on cool subtropics gardens¬†I’ve designed¬†for Sydney !!!

Looking forward to showing you beautiful Sydney gardens made from EXCITING cool sub-tropics planting. Inspiration for your grow lists or the dream gardens you may be designing for clients.

AT THE TIME OF SENDING THERE ARE JUST A FEW SEATS LEFT !!! ¬†If you haven’t responded by clicking on¬†‘comments’ at the end of this post yet, to say you’ll join us in ‘Leave a Reply’ YOU ONLY HAVE TILL MIDDAY THIS MONDAY 29th APRIL to get onto the door list.

A free Cool Sub-tropics tube plant for you to try at home or give to a garden friend.

Masterclass 9.30am for 10am kick off THIS WEDNESDAY,
1st MAY at the rather lovely home of our host Felicity McCaffrey, ‘Clifton’
7 Woolwich Road, Hunters Hill    $25 at the door
for L’Arche 4 Sydney¬†

Mirror Deck ‘Sea-Changer’ greenwalls

Come to¬†Wednesday’s Masterclass and don’t forget to leverage your new knowledge, by¬†experiencing for yourself¬†cool subtropics¬†plants at my¬†‘Sea-Changer’ garden. Opening free on Saturday of the same week
4th May 10am – 2pm !! Enjoy a nice day out of the city with a garden friend on the Central Coast, only an hour north on Pacific Motorway from Wahroonga on ramp. Lunch at Bamboo Buddha at Holgate, 21 Wattle Tree Road 43 65 5810 to book.

‘Sea-Changer’ 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beach Peter Nixon 0418 161513 ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

‘Clifton’ Masterclass Sydney cool sub-tropics gardens for you

‘Clifton’ Hunters Hill … an¬†1890 mansion & garden

Garden Loving Colleages, hoping you will¬†join me at beautiful ‘Clifton’ in Hunters Hill for a Masterclass on cool subtropics planting to¬†suit our coastal ¬† ¬†Sydney gardens.

Felicity McCaffery, owner of ‘Clifton’ and Hunters Hill Open Gardens Convenor, has agreed to host my¬†talk to shed further light across the dazzling array of planting bandwidth that fits between our cool subtropical goal posts.

‘Clifton’ balustrade serpentine of hydrangea

See a 40 minute keynote presentation with 20 minutes for questions, of a selection of my Sydney designs and the current home work garden ’Sea-Changer’ at Forresters Beach, Central Coast, on how to make a better garden in warm temperate, coastal, frost free growing conditions.

Cycads flank the facing entry to ‘Clifton’

Find out more about what cool sub-tropics gardening is and the exciting plants you could be growing that are a fit to our brief winters and long sultry, thunder storm filled summers to make your garden great again. Part Wendy Whiteley’s garden at Lavender Bay, expanded into seasonal colour blasts, year round textural contrasts, low maintenance and next to nil predation.

The Masterclass includes a cool subtropics mini tube plant to try at home, plus free admission to my ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ‘Sea-Changer‚Äô garden on Saturday 4th May 10am – 2pm, 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beach.

Hippeastrum hybrids at “Clifton’

Limited numbers for this exciting talk and something to look forward to after Easter Holidays!! To hold the event¬†Felicity and I need¬†to get an idea on numbers. To add your name to the door list, see¬†‘Leave a Reply’ at the¬†bottom this post and add yourself and your best garden buddy in the comments field. Look forward to seeing you on the day… EXCITEMENT !!¬†

WHERE: ‘Clifton’ 7 Woolwich Road, Hunters Hill

WHO: Garden Designer Peter Nixon – Paradisus

WHEN: 10am – 11.30am, Wednesday 1st May ’19

RSVP: to show you’d like to attend please send by Friday¬†5th April

COST: $25 pp at the door

BENEFICIARY: L’Arche 4 Sydney¬†¬†

Shade King Keith Tollis …

Epiphyllum Crown Prince
Epiphyllum Crown Prince beautiful large plants Keith Tollis has for sale

Bright Shade Gardens … can¬†bring instant relief to our long hot summers. Entering garden space with this quality revives the head and the soul, with a languid coolness from searing heat. But what are the¬†rare beauties that furnish shade gardens and¬†give them¬†fresh appeal year round…?

Epiphyllum Crown Prince flower
Epiphyllum Crown Prince flower

Jungle Cactus are true epiphytes you can use on larger host trees with big enough limbs  to support an accumulation of leaf litter and bark for them to grow in. They also adapt for terrestrial growing in open ground, providing the medium they grow in can be replicated in mounds of organic material mixed with bark chip to ensure sharp drainage with some moisture retention. Bright shade beneath large tree canopies with a little summer water will bring a blast of jockey silk colours to your design for the October garden.

 

 

Cylogene flaccida
Cylogene flaccida at Keith Tollis’ nursery
Cylogene flaccida flowers
Cylogene flaccida flowers

Lithophytic Plants often form featured parts on the shade garden and if you did have introduced or lucky enough to have natural rock boulder or exposed bedrock, Cylogene flaccida is a very appealing alternative to Dendrobiums or Rock Orchids, making delicate early spring trails.

 

 

Scadoxus multiflorus katarina - Fire ball Lily
Scadoxus multiflorus¬†subsp.¬†katharinae – Fire ball Lily establishing in Keith Tollis’ garden
Beautiful Fire ball Lily flower detail
Beautiful Fire ball Lily flower detail

So many amaryllids made alluring subjects for the shade garden you know … to expand from the basic¬†clivea and crinums¬†like the gorgeous Scadoxus and all its tribe and especially¬†S. multiflorus subsp. katarinae. Give it a fair bit of space where it’s not forced to compete for resources and avoid low overhanging canopy closer than 3 meters. A fair clump size clump develops around a meter across in¬†5 years or so and you’ll be rewarded with a rush of coral stars before the end of¬†January.

Keith Tollis is a font of useful information as to best fit of his plants to your growing conditions so the selection is culturally right and ornamentally impressive.

By appointment 0409 302 304 at his Salt Ash growing space and garden.       

    

 

 

          

Your ‘Clifton’ Masterclass ‘Leave a Reply’ response ..

Mirror Deck ‘Sea-Changer’ greenwalls, opens free Saturday, 4th May 10am – 2pm

RE: Designer Peter Nixon ‘Clifton’ Masterclass
on Sydney Cool Sub-tropics Gardens

7 Woolwich Road, Hunters Hill, 10am – 11.30am
Wednesday 1st May, 2019
for L’Arche 4 Sydney¬†

Hi DGN Colleagues,

Thanks for those of you who have responded already since last week’s post to attend my Masterclass $25 @ the door for L’Arche 4 Australia. Some readers have reported difficulty in making their attendance response in the Comments field.. so I’ve fixed it ! To show you would like to attend (or even with an industry friend as well..) use the following –¬†

1.Simply scroll to the end of this follow up post, where the number of comments are shown.
2.Click on that comments number and the page will jump to a view showing all comments so far.
3.Scroll to the end and Leave a Reply appears with a comment field &
hit Post Comment

Sooooooooo easy …. and look forward to seeing all of you interested in leveraging the knowledge about your own gardens from Wednesday’s Masterclass, by also joining me here at
‘Sea-Changer’ Instagram ¬†the following Saturday, 4th May 10am – 2pm Designers ‘walk & talk’ at midday.¬†

Seats are limited for this exciting ‘Clifton’ Masterclass on Sydney Cool Sub-tropics Gardens, so to give myself and ‘Clifton’ owner /¬†Hunters Hill Open Gardens Convenor Felicity McCaffrey an idea on numbers … PLEASE respond today ūüėģ ¬† ¬†¬†¬†

Love Your Garden .. !

Peter Nixon РParadisus & Garden Lovers Blog    

Cool Subtropics Garden Masterclass Hunters Hill ‘Clifton’

‘Clifton’ Hunters Hill … an¬†1890 mansion & garden

Garden Loving Colleages, hoping you will¬†join me at beautiful ‘Clifton’ in Hunters Hill for a Masterclass on cool subtropics planting to¬†suit our coastal ¬† ¬†Sydney gardens.

Felicity McCaffery, owner of ‘Clifton’ and Hunters Hill Open Gardens Convenor, has agreed to host my¬†talk to shed further light across the dazzling array of planting bandwidth that fits between our cool subtropical goal posts.

‘Clifton’ balustrade serpentine of hydrangea

See a 40 minute keynote presentation with 20 minutes for questions, of a selection of my Sydney designs and the current home work garden ’Sea-Changer’ at Forresters Beach, Central Coast, on how to make a better garden in warm temperate, coastal, frost free growing conditions.

Cycads flank the facing entry to ‘Clifton’

Find out more about what cool sub-tropics gardening is and the exciting plants you could be growing that are a fit to our brief winters and long sultry, thunder storm filled summers to make your garden great again. Part Wendy Whiteley’s garden at Lavender Bay, expanded into seasonal colour blasts, year round textural contrasts, low maintenance and next to nil predation.

The Masterclass includes a cool subtropics mini tube plant to try at home, plus free admission to my ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ‘Sea-Changer‚Äô garden on Saturday 4th May 10am – 2pm, 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beach.

Hippeastrum hybrids at “Clifton’

Limited numbers for this exciting talk and something to look forward to after Easter Holidays!! To hold the event¬†Felicity and I need¬†to get an idea on numbers. To show your interest in attending, please click on the ‘leave a comment’ field at the bottom left of this post.¬†

WHERE: ‘Clifton’ 7 Woolwich Road, Hunters Hill

WHO: Garden Designer Peter Nixon – Paradisus

WHEN: 10am – 11.30am, Wednesday 1st May ’19

RSVP: to show you’d like to attend Friday 1st March

COST: $25 pp at the door

BENEFICIARY: L’Arche 4 Sydney¬†¬†

Green Gallery for the best colour ..

Shorter life cycle colour keeps a design open by reserving featured parts of the garden for annuals dear Designer Growers Network Peeps.

This is one way of keeping your design dynamic to avoid congestion. Planting that’s all permanent would otherwise close in and use all available growing space. This leaves¬†nowhere to freshen your design with the ever-changing brightness of annual and biennial plantings. Here’s a few examples of mine from¬†‘Sea-Changer’s’ Entry Garden. ¬†

Green Gallery temporary gallardia Blanket Flowers with permanent Neoregelia zonata
Green Gallery temporary gallardia Blanket Flowers with permanent Neoregelia zonata at ‘Sea-Changer’
Dimorphotheca daisy hybrids with pentas lanceolata hybrids
Dimorphotheca daisy hybrids with pentas lanceolata hybrids at ‘Sea-Changer’
Crossandra and Laurentia add welcome at 'Sea-Changer's Front Gate Garden
Crossandra and Laurentia add welcome at ‘Sea-Changer’s Front Gate Garden

Enter Green Gallery’s Jeremy Critchley and a world of annual & biennial options open up for you …in full or near full day sun your choice bandwidth is huge at GG of the most interesting and beautiful. The following 3 really were standouts when I visited recently. ¬†¬†¬†

A sunray of Echinacea Sombrero Lemon at Green Gallery
A sunray of Echinacea Sombrero Lemon at Green Gallery
A raspberry of Vinca Tatoo Series Black Cherry
A raspberry of Vinca Tatoo Series Black Cherry
A strawberry milkshake of Gaura Belleza Series, Geyser Pink
A strawberry milkshake of Gaura Belleza Series, Geyser Pink

And for the southern house side, in the fernery or as understory ground cover beneath large trees in bright shade or morning sun¬†these pinged hard in passing –¬†

A cool green pool of Pilea peperomoides
A cool green pool of Pilea peperomoides
A golden blast of Philodendron ‚ÄėPrince of Orange'
A golden blast of Philodendron ‚ÄėPrince of Orange’
Or a quiet elegance of Alocasia amazonica dwarf
Or a swish elegance of Alocasia amazonica dwarf

I might add that Jeremy and his Production Manager Peter are one of very few nurseries who e-mail a WEEKLY planting availability listing, that includes a responding roll-out of colour images. VERY impressive and I would say essential, especially when dealing in relatively short life cycle, high performance plants.

YAY for Jeremy & Peter !!!! 

Jeremy Critchley РThe Green Gallery 0403 194 320     thegreengallery@yahoo.com.au and www.thegreengallery.com.au  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cabbage Tree, an old fave grower for cool subtrops ..

Dichroa versicoloured the evergreen hydrangea
Dichroa versicolor the evergreen hydrangea ..

Shady beautiful from Jon & Terry at Cabbage Tree …useful evergreens flowering shrubs to less than 3m are always good to find. Especially ones like the Evergreen Hydrangea, Dichroa versicolor that favour the southern house side where they grow without losing condition during¬†sunless winter months AND conceal the boundary fencing.

Sandy slightly alkaline soils produce rose shades
Sandy slightly alkaline soils produce rose shades for Paradisus design
Epidendrum hybrids at Cabbage Tree
Epidendrum hybrids at Cabbage Tree
Crucifix Orchids used as part of xerophytic rooftop mix
Crucifix Orchids used as part of xerophytic rooftop mix for Paradisus design

Self Water storage is the imperative if your selection is going to match to rooftop low water use growing conditions.¬†¬†Contrasting textures¬†bring year round interest yes and if there are seasonal¬†flowers as a bonus, why not consider Epidendrum ibaguense¬†hybrids. Also perfect for within drip-lines of¬†crunchy, dry gum leaves where little else does so well …

Solandra longiflora the Dwarf Hawaiian Chalice
Solandra longiflora the Dwarf Hawaiian Chalice

If shady evergreen shrubs are good to find, interesting¬†climbers are scarce as hens teeth.¬†Enter Solandra longiflora, little sister to S. maxima and an extremely useful subject for converting¬†pvc mesh fencing to ‘green fencing’. ‘Green Fencing is where certain climbers that are flexible but woody enough to hold position, ¬† are woven loosely through mesh and effectively disappear into the garden but have the advantage of keeping your client’s dog and the neighbour’s dogs out.

Solandra longiflora a medium weight climber for frost free cool sub-tropics
Solandra longiflora a medium weight climber for frost free cool sub-tropics – Paradisus design

Garden variety bromeliads that make good garden plants are a low risk option for bright but dry shade. Virtually no maintenance or predation, Billbergia¬†(‘Domingos Martins X ‘Ed MacWilliams’) ‘Hallelujah’ is high on this list and if you have a featured east facing spot for morning sun only, expect to be rewarded with stained glass winter colour through low angled sun light and flower flashes during any of the warm weather. ¬† ¬†¬†

Billbergia ('Domingos Martins X 'Ed MacWilliams') 'Hallelujah'
Billbergia (‘Domingos Martins X ‘Ed MacWilliams’) ‘Hallelujah’

Go on, make a garden from plants I dare you and call Jon or Terry now !!!

Jon Williams & Terry Castle for Cabbage Tree Nursery

64 Quarry Road, Dural 9651 1851‬

 

 

   

 

      

Pete’s Leaves & Shoots … ’19 promising newcomer grower

Agave america, a hero plant for the largest statement maker
Agave americana, a hero plant for the largest statement maker

Young growers with ‘planty’ interest are great to find,¬†so when I came across Pete Bowen at his 3 year old growing space at Sommersby on the Central Coast last month – ¬†I stayed to have a good look around.. !

Now dear reader, I don’t want you thinking each grower covered on DGN Blog amounts¬†to a random roll-out of kooky plants in no particular order or use. So if you’re reading this in the hopes of expanding an existing plant offering to clients for your designs, into interesting non-general line to give your work an edge – you’ve come to the right place !! To this end I’ve made humble suggestion in pairs (or more) of how you might do this. Of course, its entirely up to you how you might use Pete’s feisty current¬†range but as follows to inspire –

Aloe variegata 'Gator' like a triangulate 'little stiff dress' for living sculpture high contrast
Aloe variegata ‘Gator’ like ¬†triangulate ‘little stiff dresses’ for living sculpture high contrast
Lampranthus brownii, pillar box red year round Pigs Face
Lampranthus brownii, pillar box red year round Pigs Face

So if you had a sunny patch where height restrictions at the front of the planting space were limited to less than 200mm but focal requirements high at the front door, why not crowd Aloe variegata ‘Gator’ together at 250mm centres. Then bring gauzy relief to these little stiff triangulate peaks¬†with a species Pig Face, Lampranthus brownii. These will wind their wiry way around each crisp alligator patterned mini Aloe, with matched low water requirements and a year round blast of pillar box red.

Carex buchanii - Brown Sedge a perfect ultra fine foil for rubbery textures
Carex buchanii – Brown Sedge a perfect ultra fine foil for rubbery textures
Senicio amaniensis, flushes bright cochineal in winter
Senicio amaniensis, flushes bright cochineal in winter

Next up in height at less than 400mm or¬†so, and still in at least half day sun might be a¬†tawny broom straw sweep of Brown Sedge, Carex buchanii. This plant often looks intriguingly ‘dead’ but isn’t and you can get year round contrast using a¬†¬†rubbery cluster of Senicio amaniensis, that has the added feature of a cochineal flush where winter’s cool night air touches it¬†in dry conditions.

Kniphofia 'Candlelight' grassy sword supporting chartreuse mini torches
Kniphofia ‘Candlelight’ makes a grassy sword supporting chartreuse mini torches
Senicio mandraliscae rug cover of soft blue fingers
Senicio mandraliscae rug cover of soft blue fingers

Succulent blue foliage can be difficult to reconcile with other planting into the garden.¬†Somehow it often looks marooned in its blueness. Use of chartreuse flowers or gold foliage always looks fresh though. Dwarf Pokers in¬†a sunny 350mm tall like Kniphofia ‘Candlelight’, against thick rugs of Chalk Sticks, will give your design ‘high pop’ just where you need it for extra feature on converging sight lines. Be sure to use¬†Senicio madraliscae, avoiding S. serpens that tends to black over with rot by late February humidity.

Agave america, a hero plant for the largest statement maker
Agave america, a hero plant for the largest statement maker

These young plants haven’t developed their distinctive mid point white stripe on each leaf.¬†Long before they do you’ll want to be sure to give plenty of elbow room to expand out into an impressive 3 m wide statement maker and about as high ! Super sharp spikes on each leaf apex and armed with sawfish-like teeth on the leaf margins, these are not so recommended for a¬†pool surround or front door approach. If you’re looking for a hero plant however with gravitas, to anchor your design to a distant but featured corner in challengingly poor unirrigated soil , THIS is the plant for you !!

Euphorbia cotonifolia, a beautiful humidity loving alternative to Cotonis coggyria - Smoke Bush
Euphorbia cotonifolia, a beautiful humidity loving alternative to Cotonis coggyria – Smoke Bush

Requirement for small trees less than 5 meters with featured deciduous foliage is not something that’s going away any time soon. Increasingly limited available space for our designs and a tendency for most winter deciduous offerings to wildly exceed this height limit, can make responding successfully to this request challenging. Especially when most suggestions purportedly a fit for this requirement, come from a far cooler climate than the¬†cool to warm sub-tropics in Sydney Metro.

However, Euphorbia cotonifolia (after Cotinis coggyrifolia РSmoke Bush that it looks quite like, sans the high humidity intolerance), is a great fit for this category. It ticks most boxes for feature foliage colour, height and regular shape. You may have to stake a young tree against lurching over during summer storm strength wind and reduce its tendency to multi-stem by removing all but the strongest leader while still less than a year old. Past these, it has no predator I know of and the pretty claret red high spring canopy usefully sheds by late July to prevent winter gloom for companion planting.

Synadenium grantii rubra, Red South African Milk Bush small tree for paces of limited space
Synadenium grantii f. rubra – Red South African Milk Bush small tree for places of limited space

Last but not least, another feature small tree coming from tropical eastern Africa¬†remains an excellent red and or apple green splashed feature for the courtyard. Being warm sub-tropics, canopy with drop by end of August and its convincingly¬†¬†combined with bromeliads, euphorbias, kalanchoe, hibiscus, phymosia, brugmansia, iochroma, solandra, ensetes/musa, heliconia, hedychium, dichorisandra, hoya, ruellia and many other cool to warm sub-tropics. Yes, don’t put your hand to your face while pruning it to shape as the white sap is irritating to eyes and some people also¬†experience¬†hive-like reaction. Short of these a more beautiful small tree with feature foliage would be hard to find.

Expand plant offering, support a grower with interesting alternatives to production grown lines while¬†giving your work a distinctive edge !! Pete’s¬†range is expanding, call him to discuss your requirements for a design made from plants. ¬†¬†¬†¬†

Pete’s Leaves & Shoots – Peter Bowen¬†0400 134 404‚Ĩ

64 Ghilkes Road
Somersby (Central NSW Coast) pete@shootandleaves.co.au 
      

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