My visit to Auckland, New Zealand to see designed gardens exhibited in the Garden Design Fest this month was fun. Two days hectically driving from wonderful garden to garden was a great way to see Auckland in the spring.
One of the best was a garden designed by Trudy Crerar in Herne Bay, The house is 1930’s and the family have a farming background. Trudy had given them a beautiful garden full of spaces for everything.
The large front garden is there for show and to set the scene for what happens behind. A big rectangle of grass bordered with paths, flower beds and paths set the very geometric scene. This is accentuaged with four huge pots, one in each corner. And softened with textured planting around the edges.
It is the back garden though which is fun.
I love the use of dishes up the stairs, giving the impression of a stair rail and definitely leading up to the informal entertainment and seating area just outside the kitchen.
Then the wide grassy area stretches out, again in geometric straightness with the cypress trees standing like soldiers at the end.
Again softened with little hedges giving texture and beautiful irises.
Again bordered with hedges and espaliered pears.
Finally into the kitchen garden which is one of the best I have seen, with raised beds, geometric pathways and an abundance of early season growth.
Love the rosemary bushes guarding the entrance and the mixed planting bringing informal cottage flowers with delphiniums, heliotropes and cornflowers. The cane pyramid for tomatoes later in the season provides a focal point.
And the bench setting giving somewhere to sit in the spring sunshine is good.
And finally, these fuschias in tall pots, add a splash of colour to the side path leading back down to the road.
This is a beautiful garden which will only improve with time as it matures.