Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Fill Your Garden with a Sense of Euphorbia; These Stunning Drought-Hardy Plants Produce Displays of Year-Round Colour

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Fill Your Garden with a Sense of Euphorbia; These Stunning Drought-Hardy Plants Produce Displays of Year-Round Colour

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Open gardens

TO ALL the Open Gardens Australia lovers out there: keep next weekend totally free, as it's going to be a very busy one if you intend to visit the four gardens that will be open.

De Bats Garden: Located at 174Alexandra Pde, Wamuran, where owners Andre and Margaret De Bats will open their delightful garden to the public between 10am-4.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, October25-26, for the first time.

Having increased their home garden somewhat from a small English garden in Devon, where they lived previously, to this 0.3-hectare property in Queensland has been a big learning curve for this industrious couple. By using gardening books and local nurseries, as well as plenty of sweat and toil, they've achieved their aim.

Stroll through the serene Japanese-style entrance to a garden packed with hosts of features - immaculate lawns, filled curving borders, palms sheltering orchids, a small rainforest, Andre's orchid collection and Margaret's garden mosaics.

There'll be light refreshments available, and entry is just $8 (under-18 free). All proceeds will go to Caboolture Orchid Society.

Three Noosaville neighbours: Enjoy the unique experience of visiting three neighbouring gardens in Bluefin Crt, Noosaville, each measuring 20mx30m.

Joan's Garden at 1/28Bluefin Crt, Mary's Garden at 1/26Bluefin Crt and Terry's Garden at 2/26Bluefin Crt are opening to the public for just $15 the lot.

Joan's displays provide evidence of sound knowledge, excellent use of plants, abundant flowers and foliage, both ornamental and edible, and a lovely water feature.

Mary's is well-designed, featuring a small unfenced pool in the front courtyard (not suitable for children), weeping camellia, heliconias, and a Japanese-influenced back garden.

Terry's features lush green grass, a central pool with decks, a cabana, Balinese-style ornaments, a water feature and gardenias beneath a palm canopy. For further information, visit www.opengarden.org.au.

BEAUTIFUL DISPLAY: Euphorbia apache dwarf is a compact grower that produces masses of flowers all-year round and is commonly known as crown of thorns. …

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