Flowers and Fragrance
For pure nostalgia, fragrant plants such as roses, sweetpeas and lavender add a forgotten dimension to our gardens. A walk through a fragrant garden in mid-summer evening refreshes and invigorates the soul. The subtle allure of scent adds interest and draws us to the pant. Take inspiration from the photographs below. Begin your fragrant garden in a pot, on an arch, or in a favourite corner.
Magnolia grandiflora grows to perfection in many parts of New Zealand. The tree grows quickly and flowers while still young. The huge creamy blooms have a tantalising fragrance, almost overpowering if you pick them for the house. M. grandiflora does not mind sea breezes, and will grow to a splendid large tree, but there are several smaller growing cultivars.
Borders and Boxhedging
Flowering plants are an important base as colour and shape add design effects in the border and remain decorative throughout the growing season. Colourful flowers look stunning against a calm background of the green leaves of a boxhedge. Even with very few flowers you can create a very colourful border using good flowering plants.
The boxhedging of formal gardens dates back many centuries. If contemplating this style boxhedges will deliver on symmetry and balance, but keep in mind they rely high maintenance.