We moved here in 1997 and decided that this was a great space to plan and design a garden. It was from here we decided that bromeliads fitted in and complemented the other plants. First was a Manuka which gave us cover as well as a large magnolia in the middle of the garden. After ten years we planted Queen Palms down the main walkways, more Magnolia varieties, and several Kowhai.
We first became interested in bromeliads after seeing a Tillandsia ‘Spanish Moss’, hanging from a pine cone. This eventually opened a new world of plants to us. A large glass house is home to a large collection of Tillandsia (air plants). We also have several shade houses with many more Tillandsia and other Bromeliad species.
There are several small paths around the garden with hidden treasures. A large pergola is now covered with climbing roses and fairy roses growing close by. An aviary and fish pond complete the garden. Other shrubs have found their way into the garden like many Vireya Rhododendron, Rhododendron, Azalea, Bush Roses, Clivia, Orchids, Staghorn ferns, Ponga and many more.
It has taken the past 20 years evolve as it looks today. Every three years or so we change plants and colours around to give the garden a new ‘lift’ in its subtropical setting.