Your garden can take you around the World


Travellers in your own back garden

Your garden can take you around the World. I have been posting lots of updates following some holidays around this part of the world. As we are due to return back to the northern hemisphere in a couple of months we’ve been taking the opportunity to visit some amazing places that are currently within relatively easy reach. This week I’m bringing things a little closer to home and exploring the origins of some of the plants currently surviving in our Australian garden

The Balcony

This space is wonderful for having a glass of wine at the end of the day watching the last of the beachgoers packing up. It has claimed its share of victims with a failed attempt to grow citrus here (now safely hidden around the back away from the worst of the sea spray) and a whole batch of ‘seaside’ plants sourced from a local nursery. The third attempt was to go succulent and it’s worked really well. I stayed away from this group of plants because I’ve not been overly fond of them. I think that’s changing.

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  • Echeveria (I’m not sure of the variety) – S america
  • Euphorbia milii – Madagascar
  • Murraya paniculata (Orange Jasmin) – China & South-East Asia
  • Crassula ovata – South Africa
  • Crassula ovata ‘Gollum’ – South Africa (the leaf shapes are completely different)

The Back Terrace

A shadier area where the citrus trees have been recuperating from their ordeal on the balcony. All plants are in pots and being shaded it has been easier to keep their moisture levels up but it’s not been perfect as we have had no fruit survive on the Peach and Nectarine trees. There is a native Strobilanthes anisophyllus ‘Goldfussia’ (which isn’t looking its best so didn’t make the gallery).

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  • Capsicim (Chilli) – South America
  • Citrus hystrix (Kaffir Lime) – southeast asia
  • Callistemon viminalis ‘Hannah Ray’ (Bottlebrush) – Australia
  • Trachelospermum jasminoides – Southeast Asia

The Lawn Borders

These plants are planted in the permanent borders that flank the lawn. The large Lilly Pilly headges are the main feature down both sides but at the end there is a line of Phormiums with a plant that looks like Maize planted behind. It’s never produced any fruit so I have no idea if it is or isn’t.

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  • Phormium tenax – New Zealand
  • Banksia integrifolia – Australia
  • Acmena smithii (Lilly Pilly)- Australia


So we have some native Australia plants making friends with the New Zealanders. Southeast Asia and China are represented, as are the South African and South American plants although, notably, there’s nothing from Europe and the plants that are from the Northern Hemisphere are from the southern/equatorial regions. It’s amazing how much diversity can be lurking in one garden and the range of plant origins that can all survive together. Plants are amazing.

How many countries are living in your garden?

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