I fell in love with this beautiful, colorful, low maintenance garden displayed in the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show this year. Phillip Withers, with his quirky style, has done it again.
Texture and color using cactus, succulents and hardy Australian natives in a cubist structure make for a sustainable garden which will need little water and little maintenance. And Phillip has made sure it will be a great garden to live in.
A strong cubic framework is provided in the pergolas and planters.
Black pergolas frame the living deck and a huge daybed.
Striking daybeds are a feature of Phillips gardens. Just to take you back, look at this lovely basket from his display garden, The Gift, in last year’s Melbourne Show where Phillip was on show in the student section.
The pergola and daybed this year are stronger, framing the living areas of the garden.
Color in this garden is provided in strong blocks of primary color. The huge planters, upturned barrel seats, cushions on the daybed and accessories over the site all give that blitz of color.
Planting is based on hardy species, which take extremes in climate and neglect.
Barrel cactus, agave, Banksia, Sedges, Kangaroo Paws, Pigs Foot all add up to giving a garden of texture and drama.
I love the use of Agave, Barrel Cactus and Banksia Candles used to highlight the texture in this beautiful garden. These strong balls only serve to highlight the cubed framework of the garden.
I also love strappy Kangaroo Paws and Sedges which provide contrast.
The play of mauve, orange, green, green and blue green also give the planting vitality.
But texture is certainly a highlight of planting in this garden, providing life and fun.
I also love the use of pattern in the screens on the pergola. This pattern reflects the shapes and textures in the planting as well as the cubist structure.
And I love the quirky upside down planters which were a small feature of the Show.
Phillip never forgets that gardens are for living. The deck is large enough to move around the tables and chairs and for other activities.
And it welcomes a casual outdoor lifestyle.