Real World Gardener Garden Design Reviews Shrubs

May 12th, 2013

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney,
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The new theme is sung by Harry Hughes from his album
Songs of the Garden. You can hear samples of the album from the website

Design Elements:

with Garden Designer Lesley Simpson
Older federation gardens knew their
shrubs. You might know of a garden with some large shrubs, probably a bit
unkempt now, that you’ve wondered about?
Some of them have gone out of favour
for no other reason other than fashion or fads. Yes, it happens a lot in garden
design. We seem to be asking for new releases every year. It doesn’t hurt to
look backwards sometimes to examine old favourites.
find out about some of these now?
Of all the old fashioned shrubs,
Chinese Fringe Flower, with it’s dark purple leaves, and Rondeletia, with the
large pink waxy cluster of perfumed flowers are my favourites.
You can still buy them, but may need
a bit of searching or asking around. Maybe even mail order.
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