Inspiration from Lambley Nursery

by Rochelle Greayer

in Cutting Garden, Gallery Of Gardens, Gardens To Visit, Plants

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I discovered a fantastic new site for dry garden inspiration.  That Lambley Nursery and gardens in Victoria, Australia is on the other side of the world matters little to me as I am using it to discover new plants and see them used in ways I haven’t enjoyed before.

Some plants are eluding me — like the white flower in front of the yucca? Anyone know it?

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Same goes for the pink plant here.  From the image below –which is identified as Phlomis and Gladiolus – I gather it to be the gladiolus — but I have a need to know which one….as this is not your (off trend) tacky 70’s glads….these are stunners!

Phlomis and Gladiolus at lambley nursery
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zauschneriaLooking around this dry garden, I’ve resolved to give a few new things a try….one is  Zauschneria californica ‘Western Hills’ (the red plant)  – I have found it in the US at High Country Gardens.  (up close below)

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Also – I am tired of dreaming about Echinops.  I am going to plant some and so I can have my own purple ball party (I’m looking for bulk seeds…probably going to buy them here).  I’ve got just the place for a big masse like the one by the bench.

new_mediteranean_with_chairBut I am disappointed to learn that not only can I not find — but presumably couldn’t grow this fluffy white friend of echinops in this picture.  (I love the purple and silver white combo!!)
bystropogon_canariensisIt is called Bystropogon canariensis  – CANARY ISLAND SMOKE BUSH.  It is an evergreen (or should I say evergrey) shrub that is a relative of other woody herbs like oregano and thyme.  I wonder how it tastes?  Have you seen it before?

images from lambley nursery