Seed Swaps

Front Semi-circular Garden Begins to Take Shape

06 Nov 2011
Storms 28°C / 82°F

This garden is gradually getting underway.

After mowing back the grass I cleared the area along the front cyclone fencing as best I could of weeds and nuisance grasses. I have been transplanting heliconias from the northern side of the Rainwater Tank Food and Herb Garden to this bed. I have planted them from the northern end of this bed down towards the centre of the red Bougainvillea, from which point on Queensland Arrowroot was planted last year. The northern edge of the bed is on a gentle slope and has better drainage than the centre of the bed which becomes a swamp when we get prolonged torrential rainfall over days or weeks, or when cyclones descend upon us. I will watch the plants to see which tolerate waterlogging and which do not.

Between and behind the heliconias I have now planted Blue Flax Lily Dianella caerulea, which I obtained from a generous swap. I sought this plant for the folowing reasons:

  • It will provide a thick mat of leaves along the fenceline, screening the garden from the roadway at ground level to about a metre in height, thereby providing security for the ducks.
  • It will withstand both drought and occasional innundation (dry and wet seasons)
  • It is an Australian native plant
  • It will attract wildlife, birdlife in particular, to its berries
  • The ducks will probably enjoy munching on the berries, too
  • It will grow and spread, taking up ground (and hopefully outcompeting the grass) in an area that is near impossible to mow in the wet season.

At the edge nearest the house I had earlier transplanted some lilies that had been given to me by a friend. These have started to flower and turn out to be quite beautiful hippeastrums. They obviously like this new spot as they had been sitting in another bed for well over a year with never a flower on them.

This bed still has a long way to go, but at least it’s a start.




The Strelitzia will look fabulous when blooming and will make a great pairing with the Dianella. Good work on the new bed! Your Lilies are just gorgeous. I thought they looked more like Hippeastrums than Daylilies, but whatever they are, the colours are just lovely! I especially like the white with the pink streaks.

Posted on 07 Nov 11 (over 4 years ago)

Yeah that’s going to be a very colourful garden. Well done.

Posted on 07 Nov 11 (over 4 years ago)

Thanks Bernie and Russell.

Bernie, you may be right, they may be Hippeastrums. They are similar in shape, but far more delicate than a red Hippeastrum that someone else gave me, which is what made me think they may be daylilies. I’ll have to do a rethink … and more research.

Posted on 08 Nov 11 (over 4 years ago)

What about Lomandra longifolia? I don’t have room for more reedy things, but love this one for the fragrant flowers. Humans can eat the fleshy leaf bases, so maybe the ducks would like it too?

Posted on 08 Nov 11 (over 4 years ago)

The lillies still have me wondering just what they are. Hippeastrums flower in winter, these are flowering in mid-spring. The one hippeastum that I do have flowers around July, so I don’t think these are hippeastrums. Looking closer at your daylilies, Bernie, you are right, they do not appear to be these either.
I tried a few online databases of lillies but with over 6000 entries to scroll through each time I gave up on that idea. I thought to have a look through eBay to see what people were selling as lillies – less entries and all have photos, and the nearest I could see was the Asiatic lily – Genus Lilium. So I’ve settled on just calling them lillies and classifying them as lillium at this point in time.

LillyPilly, I had considered Lomandra longifolia but was concerned if it may be too spiney. A lomandra grew wild at a previous address and I recall being stabbed more than once by it, but I can’t remember if it was L. longifolia or another species. I would appreciate your opinion.

Posted on 10 Nov 11 (over 4 years ago)

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