A surprisingly vibrant garden sits high on the rocky slope of Mount Knowles, surrounded by the tough eucalypt and cypress forest perfectly adapted to survive Mudgee’s hot, dry climate.
Vicki’s and Arthur’s bright, colourful garden on their property, Avlac Hills, is an oasis in a landscape dominated by the subtle greys, greens and browns of the native bush.
Water features dotted here and there, soften the effect of late spring sunshine.
A pond and waterfall create a picturesque focal point on one of the sloping garden beds.
Like most successful gardeners, Vicki has thickly mulched the garden beds in readiness for summer.
These gorgeous roses are worth all the hard work!
How stunning is this Mr Lincoln specimen!
I was delighted to see this white hybrid tea rose with its glossy, dark green leaves- so different to the more popular Iceberg- straight out of a fairy tale…
Being a fan of “white” gardens, I do love this bed of white trailing roses surrounding a weeping cherry.
Continuing the theme, this white-on-white display also looks fantastic.
The rich colour of these roses is sumptuous.
With limited water, there will always be drier areas of the garden. Here, the bright, summery gazania and oleander help make the transition from the lush rose gardens towards the surrounding paddocks and bush.
Vicki even finds time to look after lovely bright pots of flowers close to the house.
To finish, here is a selection of some of Vicki’s other splendid roses.
I’m looking forward to seeing more of this garden as it develops over the years.