In the very south of South Australia, at the bottom of the Eyre Peninsula, we spent a couple of days in Port Lincoln. The climate there is a so-called Mediterranean climate, so rain falls in the winter and the summers are very hot and dry. We were astounded at how green everything was after the severe drought conditions further north in South Australia and in New South Wales. This doesn't mean drought doesn't occur here; it does, but at the time of our visit, the countryside was looking lush, with huge paddocks- broadacre farming at its broadest -given over to crops.
On a day trip to Coffin Bay, and anticipating the seafood platter that would await us there, we came to a sudden halt at the sight of this delightful private garden.
Now this garden obviously belongs to people who are completely in tune with their climate. No frilly unsuitable flowers for them. Don't misunderstand me, I'm all for frilly and unsuitable and fall into that trap frequently, but these gardeners must have a plan and appear to have followed it unwaveringly. Not only are the plants carefully chosen, but the garden is beautifully shaped into sinuous curves and garden rooms.
Judging by some of the plants that can be seen, including what is, perhaps a banana palm towards the back, I'm guessing that frost isn't a serious problem in this area. The red agave makes a wonderful strong statement, as do the grey leafed cotyledons, and santolinas- or are they artemisia? It wasn't easy to tell from a distance. There is an interesting variety of heights and shapes from ground covers to trees. We stood, hoping we didn't look suspicious, and admired the beauty of this garden for a short time before resuming our journey.
There's a lot to recommend the idea of planting entirely to suit the climate of your garden. Is that what you do? Or are you like I am sometimes, trying to grow something when you know deep down, that you're doomed to failure.