I am Marcella Mathews from Brisbane, Australia. We have been in our new house for just over three years. I have loved gardening since I was a little girl. My dad was my teacher, and he taught me all I needed to get hooked. At every home I have lived in, I have created my own gardens from scratch. Gardening is the best therapy ever. I love to be creative every chance I can. I hope other people get a little pleasure from my photos.
Here’s a view of the outside of the house shortly after we moved in—before the garden was created.
And after! We didn’t want any grass to mow in such a small area.
In the background is a sign (“Born to garden. Forced to work.”) and a watering can I decorated.
A colorful planting with Acalypha ‘Inferno’ (Zones 8–10 or as annual) in the back corner.
Fern, marigolds (Tagetes patula, annual), and bromeliads. For those of us in colder climates, bromeliads make great houseplants and can easily be planted outside for summer displays and then brought indoors to overwinter.
A little fairy garden I made with Sheena’s Gold (Duranta erecta ‘Sheena’s Gold’, Zones 9–11) beside it and a bromeliad in front.
Variegated bougainvillea (Zones 9–11)
Barleria ‘Purple Gem’ (Zones 9–11), Breynia nivosa (Hawaiian snow bush, Zones 10–11), and other plants make a colorful display.
The garden pathway lined with plants.
This is my little goldfish pond area, created by me and loved by me.
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