On the Dry Side

On the Dry Side

 

I like to use unusual plant combinations in our gardens. Plants from opposite sides of the world hold hands with one another. The only rule is basically they have to look well together and live in similar habitats – but even then it doesn’t count for much if he plants are hardy and tolerant.

At home I have paired a native grass Stipa verticulata with an African Aloe arborescens – I like this combination where the colours are complementary. At a site visit last week I took a few images of a complicated grouping of plants that tolerate fairly dry conditions. Most of the plants have complimentary grey colour tones – but for some interest I added a tall green Aloe for fun. The Cornerstone crew are maintaining the garden now and it’s always good to see the progress and tweak things little to ensure everything is heading in the right direction. The blue, grey and green foliage colours in the part of the garden I photographed, to my eyes at least are sensational. This part of the garden rarely get any rain as it’s below the spectacular overhanging architecture.

Stipa verticulata and Aloe arborescens

Stipa verticulata and Aloe arborescens

 

 

Yucca recurvifolia, Senecio serpens, kalanchoe hildebrandtiana and Aloe bainsii

Yucca recurvifolia, Senecio serpens, kalanchoe hildebrandtiana and Aloe bainsii

 

opuntia

Opuntia – spineless