We’re back in New Zealand today to see more of Jill Hammond’s beautiful garden. She has spent the last 28 years transforming a 7.5-hectare (18.5-acre) piece of land in rural Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. When she and her husband moved in, it was a completely bare piece of land, so she’s created this entire garden from nothing.
The bank garden is on a slope, which allows the plants in the back to show off over those planted lower on the slope. There are melia trees (Melia azedarach, Zones 7–10) along the top, and the lower hedge is star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides, Zones 8–10).
I love letting my elephant garlic (Allium ampeloprasum var. ampeloprasum, Zones 3–9) go to seed—and so do the bees!
Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ (Zones 4–8) and Bowles’s mauve wall flowers (Erysimum ‘Bowles’s Mauve’, Zones 6–9), with a hedge of ‘Six Hill’s Giant’ catmint (Nepeta ‘Six Hill’s Giant’, Zone 3 – 8) to the right
View down to the lower level, through ‘Blanc Double de Coubert’ rose hedges
My husband built our daughters a playhouse years ago. It remains a well-loved feature. It is surrounded by Carex testacea (Zones 6–8) and Stachys byzantina (Zones 4–9). To the right you can see a ‘Grosso’ lavender (Lavandula × intermedia ‘Grosso’, Zones 6–10) hedge.
Here is another mixed bed, with burgundy lorapetalum (Loropetalum chinense, Zones 7–10) on the right. A weeping elm (Ulmus glabra ‘Camperdownii’ Zones 5–7) is still to come into leaf on the top level.
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