Garden No 9 - Seasons, 5 St Georges Road
Courtesy of Brigitte Moseley and David White
Brigitte loved Seasons the first time we saw it so we moved here from Sydney’s North Shore to create a cold climate, seasonal garden.
We built on the bones of the existing garden, aiming for a stylish manicured look with plants chosen for impact rather than botanical interest.
Six years into our project, Seasons is a mixture of mature and more recent plantings and built features.
The block is a 1680 sq.m. battle-axe, a sizeable part of which is driveway bordered by a long sweep of hedge from the front gate to the house.
The front yard features a large tupelo tree whose vivid green foliage turns a startling scarlet in autumn. It is under-planted with rhododendrons, azaleas and bluebells.
A large flowering cherry tree blossoms in late spring and garden beds along the house front feature azaleas, small specimen trees including maples and a weeping 'Snow Fountain' cherry.
Beyond this are many mature deciduous blossom trees including dogwood, weeping cherry, forest pansy, prunus elvins and lilacs, heavily planted with bulbs, plus camellias, azaleas and daphne.
Welcoming you to the rear garden is our gazebo, modelled on the 'follies' in English stately gardens, and surrounded by a parterre garden with small box hedges.
Beyond are large screening trees and shrubs, including pittosporums, camellias, rhododendrons, a climbing rose 'New Dawn', weeping maples, many more bulbs and alpine phlox.
Water is an important part of the garden, with several fountains to enjoy.
The other non-botanical focus is statuary, particularly lions, and don’t miss David’s bonsai collection.
We hope you enjoy our garden – like most gardens, an ongoing project.