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Perth is a coastally focused city, with a harsh climate for gardens where
dry spells are just a part of life. Ascher Smith from Ascher Smith
Landscape Design shares her fi ve favourite summe r plantings.
Environmental factors, along with time- poor homeowners, mea n choosi ng the
right plants is esse ntial in ga rden design – especially when you live near the coast!
In Perth, the way we garden is changing, along with the plants we once
thought to be hardy. To add to this, the space allocated for urban gardens is
now often more a kin to a n outdoor room with hardscaping.
This living gre enwa ll in Sc arborough e xemplifies the moder n coa stal
garden, and is drip-irrigated once a week. The aim was to build an informal,
rustic, hardy greenwall, with riots of lush greens, vibrant blues and varying
textures to spill out from it. It is my perfect coastal recipe – an assortment of
Austra lian natives, succulent s, her bs a nd bright seasona ls – and de monst ra tes
how well plants can live in harmony!
1. Westringia Lamiaceae ‘White Rambler’, with clusters of white flowers,
is long-flowering, hardy, drought tolerant and well adapted to coastal
plantings. These n ative gro u ndcover species will su rvi ve off little water
o nce established an d respo nd well to prun ing.
2. Olearia ‘Ghost Town’ is a favo u rite in any Per th garden . The silver y
‘fuzz’ effect of the n ative creates a great highlight an d it will tolerate
extreme heat an d coastal salt spray. It respon ds well to pru n ing, though
if left to grow info rmally will create a stu n n ing featu re.
3. Echeverias are argu ably the most attractive of all su cculen ts,
with their bright colou rs an d variatio n . D ro ught tolerant, sun ha rdy a nd
low maintena nce, these succulen ts will keep an y garden er happy.
4. Hibbertia scandens is a n ative A ustralian climber that adds splashes
of colo ur. It pro duces masses of yellow flowers thro u gh the spring an d
su mmer mon ths when most other n atives have fi nished flowering. Fast
grow ing and drought tolerant, its pollen will attrac t all the right insects.
5. Scaevola groundcovers are recognised by fan -shaped flowers in shades
of blue that are carried on the outside of the growth in spring and
su mmer. They will tolerate full coastal exposu re an d respo nd well to
prun ing after fl owering. A hardy Austra lian n ative that will add masses of
colour while helping keep the weeds out and the moisture in.
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