Glendalough HUMANG

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This garden pocket (which we call HUMANG) is in Glendalough, and is in one of our clients gardens. These are exciting gardens as the more unusual plants can be introduced that are not he everyday plants. Many of these WA plants are rare and endangered.

GOAL: Gardens with architectural foliage shapes creates fauna habitat, flower colour for insect activity. Photo: Hazel E Dempster


Many WA plants have architectural shapes, flat, multi coloured, cork trunks, fleshy and odd and bold leaf shapes. This pocket wast to include many of these shapes as the client wanted to have intrigue as well as seasonal colour. NOT BORING! was the clients words.

IMAGE: Garden art bring in another dimension to the garden. A point of focus or a point of interest. It can be upfront or subtle in the distance.


Imagine looking at the garden with fascination and asking "how on earth did mother nature create that?" Architectural gardens are great to work with as plant selection is working with the foliage of the different species and knowing how they grow and compliment the neighbouring plant. Working with garden art and sculpture also enhances the structure and forms with the gardening space.

First Steps

Additional soil was required due to the retained wall. The existing soil was used as the filler and landscaping mix was installed before we where engaged. As native plants do not like heavy nutrient loaded soil mixes (this includes native mixes),

- Onsite nursery meeting to show off the architectural shaped plants
- Bring in yellow and white sand to increase the remaining levels and balance imported high nutrient soil,
- Combine soils,
- Place rocks and install sculpture
- Place plants and plant

As the client requested a finished look, we agreed that a very light covering of aged pine bark, less than 3cm was applied across the gardens.

Working with different shapes of foliage creates interest and wonderment of the plant growth

Transition - Seasonal Planting

Planting was done in 2 stages through the season on Kambarang - The Wildflower Season. This enable the bottom retaining wall garden and a 'skinny mini' garden to be completed in October while the upper garden waited for the sculpture to be installed in November.


These are the plants in my garden

Plant Name Tube (seedling)
Scaevola thesioides ssp filifolia (Mound, 1, Blue)
Agrostocrinum hirsutum (Tufted, 2, Blue)
Anigozanthus flavidus (Tufted, 5LS, Green)
Astartea 'Winter Pink' (Vase, 4, Pink)
Beaufortia sparsa (Vase, 4, Red)
Boronia crenulata (Dome, 2, Pink)
Chorizema varium (Mound, 1 Orange)
Chrysocephalum apiculatum (green form)
Dampiera coronata (Mound, 2, Blue)
Darwinia pinifolia (Flat, 1 Red)
Dianella revoluta var divaricata (Tufted, 2, Blue)
Dodonaea hackettiana
Eremaea pauciflora
Eremophila biserrata
Eremophila glabra ssp red (Mound, 2, Red)
Eremophila maculata 'Wild Berry' (Vase, 4, Berry)
Gastrolobium celsianum (Mound, 4, Red)
Goodenia varia (Flat, 1, Yellow)
Goodenia viscida (Erect, 2, Yellow)
Hakea laurina
Hibbertia grossulariifolia (Flat, 1,Yellow)
Hibbertia racemosa (grey form)
Hypocalymma cordifolium (Mound, 2, White)
Hypocalymma robustum
Kennedia prostrata (Flat, 1, Red)
Kennedia eximia
Lechenaultia formosa
Leptospermum sericeum (Dome, 5LS, Pink)
Leucophyta brownii 'Canal Rocks' (Dome, 2, White)
Meeboldia sp.
Melaleuca fulgens 'Cerise' (Vase, 4, Cerise)
Melaleuca nesophila "Little Nessie"
Melaleuca spathulata (Erect, 4, Pink)
Orthrosanthus laxus
Patersonia occidentalis (Tufted, 2, Purple)
Petrophile axillaris (Erect, 3, Pink)
Prostanthera baxterii
Scaevola aemula pink 'Fairy Fan Flower'(Flat, 1, Pink)
Scaevola calliptera
Scaevola thesioides ssp filifolia (Mound, 1, Blue)
Thomasia augustifolia
Thomasia purpurea (Vase, 3, Purple)
Thomasia psudo ?? sue
Thomasia solanacea (Dome, 4, Purple/pink)
Verticordia endlicheriana var angustifolia (Vase, 2, Yellow)
Xanthorrhoea preissii