An on-going project which involves copious experimentation as we determine what plants are able to survive the very dry summer conditions, particularly in view of the competing 40 metre long cyprus hedge. The hedge is 3.6 metres high and 3.4 metres thick, and is listed on the local Heritage Register.
In later 2013, I finally spent the money and purchased a mobile scaffold with a platform height of 3 metres. My ageing body was no longer safe on top of the ladder for hours on end!

We've lost a good many of our selections in the heat waves of the past couple of years. The summer of 2013 was notable with it's maximum temperature on this property of 47.3C. We were forced to shade some of the younger plants with white polystyrene boxes, and spot drip watering with 3L plastic milk bottles. Unfortunately many still did not survive.

Our research indicated that the humble pomegranate was an ideal candidate for small trees. The leaves always look fresh and green, and the brilliant red fruit add colour all through the warmer months. We also planted double bi-colour and white specimens along the front of the house. Next to the hedge, in the most moisture challenged beds, we have also used a couple of miniature versions of the red single.
Selected salvias are widely used, but we've found that we have to distance them from the hedge, and only the tougher varieties seem to survive without watering assistance.

Various succulents have been used, being particularly useful as a foliar colour and form contrast to the herb like perennials.
More recently , many bulbs - daffodils, species tulips, monet tulips, crocuses, sturnbergias and irises etc have been included to produce a bit of colour in the cooler months.
Our search (with a lot of trial and error) continues.

The original aerial shot of the garden in 1932
November 01, 2011.  A rather distorted view of 3 wide angle images stitched together
January 12, 2011
January 12, 2011
January 12, 2011
October 24, 2010
November 14, 2010
Hedge cutting March 11, 2013
November 24, 2009
November 01, 2011
November 01, 2011
November 01, 2011
November 01, 2011
March 17, 2012
March 17, 2012
March 17 2012
November 15, 2012
December 12, 2013... Double Bi-colour Pomegranate in all 4 corners of the garden
December 07, 2013...Finally a scaffold to comply with O.H.and S.
Freshly cut on November 26, 2013
The inside surface November 26, 2013
December 20th 2013 - various angles
December 20, 2013 - various angles
December 20, 2013 - various angles
December 20, 2013 - various angles
December 20, 2013 - various angles
December 20, 2013 - various angles
December 20, 2013.  Looking towards the front gate