Six on Saturday – W20/2021 – Revamping another border!

After a short break from posting, I’m back! I was not idle during the last few weeks! I took the opportunity to finalise the setting up of a photo Blog, learning by trial and error how to customise the theme and how to link it to my Hairbellsandmaples blog. I have included a link to the new blog Migglesphotomix in the menu if you would like to view it.

What’s been happening in the garden, you might ask? Lots of maintenance has been going on there too, and for this week’s Six on Saturday, kindly hosted for us all by The Propagator, I will show you the revamping of the southern border.

The southern border of the front garden has been through a number of changes. Initially hardy plants were planted to get quick coverage, and gradually more unusual exoctic plants have been included. Recently my focus has shifted from exotics to native plants to make the garden wildlife friendly. With that in mind, I will focus today on the native plants I have planted.

1. Most of the native plants I purchase as tube stock. A local nursery in Palmwoods, Australian Plants Online, can supply both native and exoctics grown as tube stock. At first I was skeptical about the success rate of the tiny plants, but so far it’s been 100%. The plants grow quickly and are strong.

An order of tube stock plants, mainly  natives
Tube stock plants

2. The southern border requires predominantly hedging plants, and earlier this year I planted out Dodonea purpurea (tube stock), a Callistemon and a Lemon Scented Myrtle, Backhousia citriodora, in the lower section of the border. These three natives are growing nicely in amongst the lemon scented pelargonium, Salvias, and Coreopsis, and should form a dense screen when they mature.

3. Last month I pruned back all excessive growth of the Salvias and Pelargonium, which was then mulch-mowed with the lawnmower and put back into the garden. I then removed all the weeds. It is looking much tidier now.

Prunings being turned into mulch by the mower
Mower mulch in the garden bed

4. The next task involved tackling the large gap in the hedge along the boundary. There is no defined fence line in the top portion of this border, but it is easy to get a rough idea of where it is by aligning the boundary peg to the lower fence. Part of the gap area is taken up by a drainage pit which leaves only a narrow section in which to plant, and I managed to squeeze in an aloe, and put a large potted bougainvillea over the pit to hide it. Using what we had in the shed, Mr S put together a bamboo screen, painted it red, and we put it up on our side of the gap. It has created a lovely backdrop to the Rose of Sharon, Hibiscus syriacus (seen here as the white stems in front of the screen). I have planted some quick growing burgundy Acalypha directly in front of the screen, and three tube stock of native hedging plants, Dodonea purpurea, the purple hop bush, in front. Some Calendula seedlings were added for colour.

5. The next section along this fence line was a mess! The plantings are mainly screening shrubs and filler ground covers. I started by weeding the area and pruning back the overgrowth. I removed an overgrown Polyanthus Rose which I pruned back quite heavily and replanted. It has new growth already. I added extra screening plants such as Bauhinia corymbosa, the orchid vine, Holmskioldia sanguinea the yellow flowering Chinese hat plant (featured photo) towards the rear of the bed, and a native Frazer Island Apple, Acronychia imperforata (photo below) which is growing very well. The Gordonia axillaris, now reclassified as Franklinia axillaris, the Fried Egg Plant now has room to grow. Filler plants include a native mint bush, Goodenia ovata, the hop Goodenia, and Calendula seedlings to provide colour. It has turned out to be a nice mix of native and exotic plants.

6. The section of this border nearest the road is looking nice. There is a little path leading from the road to the sewerage connection, and we have dubbed this as ‘Peter’s Path’, as Peter does this beat every month. This little path has to be kept clear for access. The native Cats Whiskers Orthosiphon aristatus is flowering nicely, and the cheerful Coleus (now known as Solenostemon) lighten the area with their colourful leaves. Bromeliads, Coleus and Clivia line ‘Peter’s Path’.

That is my Six for the week. If you wish to pop over to The Propagator, and look in the comments section you will see links to other bloggers gardens! What a great way to spend a weekend!


  1. My oh my, you have been busy! You mention tube stock… Is this akin to rooted plants that arrive at very young stage?
    Many of the plants among your border are unknown to me, but I guess mostly we garden according to what suits our gardens. Native plants are native for a reason!

    • Tube stock are young plants that are ready to be planted out or into bigger pots. These grow very quickly and reach the size of potted/bagged plants the nursery sell. Tube stock cost a lot less – hence more plants for your money! 😉 So far the success rate I have had from planting tube stock as been 100%. The new plants are mainly Australian, and they are new to me too. I have been trying to learn as much as possible about them. It is going to be interesting to see how they all grow.

  2. You have been busy! I think native plants are the way to go, especially when you have so many delightful natives! I am trying to plant things that don’t need mollycoddling as it becomes a burden having to bring them indoors for the winter. Now I am reaching the fifth year of planting and it is a case of removing some things that are growing too big! A gardener’s work is never done!

    • I’m thrilled with the screen, and the choice of colour. Both seem to provide a background that shows off the plants in front of it. It is going to be interesting to see how it looks when the tiny plant grow taller. It is very effective at the moment. Everyone seems to have fallen for the Cats Whiskers! It is beautiful!

  3. Like Sel I love the Cat’s Whiskers, fab name and fab flower. So many plants I have never heard of, each time I read a new name I think “I wonder if that would survive here?”. Lovely and you have been working very hard.

    • As soon as I saw my first cats whiskers flower I knew I had to source a plant for my garden! They are really beautiful and they flower on and off over a couple of months. I have to admit that my knowledge of native Australian plant is very limited, but it is growing exponentially since I found the local nursery that supplies them. I’m also trying to learn which plants are endemic to this area, and plant some of those too. I’m planning to establish a garden with a mix of native and exotics that attract pollinators and feed wildlife.

    • 😊 Thanks Rudi! I have to admit that my pocket size garden would be crowded with even five people wandering through it! Still, I love to go and visit open gardens, as they are such a source of inspiration. Thanks for the link to the open gardens of Belgium! I had a look at the long list of gardens that were open, and am so envious that you have so many to choose from! You are very lucky! (Most locals think I’m crazy gardening as I do; they all love their lawns!)

  4. Welcome back, and well done on getting the other blog up and running, I’ll pop over for a visit in a mo. You’ve been putting the work in! Love the bamboo fence, it looks great, and the Orthosiphon aristatus or Cat’s Whiskers is very pretty, a well named plant.

    • Thanks Sel! It’s all a huge learning curve for me, but I enjoy the challenge! Autumn is such a busy time, but as the terrible heat (and mosquitoes) has gone, it is a lovely time of year to work in the garden. We are thrilled with the bamboo fence! I love the Orthosiphon too, and luckily it seems to be easy to propagate, as I need more in the garden!

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