Brian Mazzer sent in these images of his garden today and what it looked like when he first bought it.
I bought my house in the suburb of Holland Park in Brisbane, Australia, in 2006. It was a challenge at times, but perseverance won the battle. Over the years the design of the garden continually changed until it reached its present state. Getting here involved trying many different shrubs and other types of plants that either loved their new home or curled up their toes!
As we all know, our gardens are works in progress and are never really finished.
The soil in the yard has been amended to a beautiful, rich growing medium thanks to access to cow manure and homemade compost from all the clipping that come from lawn and hedge trimmings. A mango tree and a native macadamia nut tree offer good shade over the dry garden, where not a lot would grow. Learn more about fertilizing with manure here.
The house as it looked when Brian first purchased it—pretty much a blank slate.
The backyard as it was when he first moved in. Other than a place to dry clothes, it offered little.
The view today from the back corner of the garden.
The dry garden where nothing did well except the bromeliads. Bromeliads like this are often grown as houseplants in colder climates, but in a warm place like Brisbane, they can be grown outside. But even a gardener in a snowy northern area could recreate this look by planting the bromeliads out for the summer like annuals and bringing them inside when frost threatens.
Looking out at the garden from the shade of the mango tree. Here are 10 great water-wise plants for hot, dry areas.
An overall view of the yard after some recent rains greened things up.
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