The Gardens conservatory is always a marvellous place to visit no matter what season. With the winter and early spring comes the beginning of the orchid seasons with stunning collections available for public viewing. The sheltered environment in the conservatory means the temperature is always pleasant no matter what the seasons throw at us, and the amazing skills of our horticulturists ensure that the displays are always fresh and at their best.
The Gardens has one of the largest regular public displays of cool temperate orchids in Australia. It is wonderful to catch the differing displays as they change throughout the weeks depending on what orchid is at its best. There are many in flower from native rock orchids to rare and exotic species. It is different every month so make sure you visit more than once.
A symphony of features, colour and form
Often we forget that colour and form in a garden does not have to come from a pretty flower show. Although flowers can be spectacular, so too can leaf colour, plant shape and plant texture. When using contrasting and diverse forms of plants when designing a garden, we can set the basis for an incredibly stunning display.
The leaves of the blood lily stand boldly like green tongues from a subterranean world, cheekily teasing the viewer. The wind blows the delicate tops of the South African feather top, swaying together in rhythm like dancers with each gust. The succulent xerophyte garden displays an incredible range of texture and form, beautifully planted and maintained by our talented horticulturist Kath Saunders.
Another sweet smelling stunner!
The paper Daphne – Daphne bholua
Once again something sweet for winter, with the gradual finishing of last month’s sweet luculia, this wonderful plant, the paper daphne takes over.
The paper daphne has small inconspicuous white flowers that might not be as visible last months luculia blooms, but boy can it still compete on the perfume front. The wonderous odour permeates the area particularly on still mornings and evenings. Like the luculia this plant is also from the Himalayas growing from Nepal through to China.
Our plants are growing happily in the garden above the pond area near the white barked Himalayan birch grove..