Jenni Woodruff is a quiet woman with an unerring artistic eye, as you can see in these photos of her small Melbourne back garden. Winner of the 2012 Australian House and Garden ‘Garden of the Year’ competition, she combines a skilled use of colour with excellent plant knowledge from her Certificate III in Horticulture from Melbourne’s NMIT.
Dominant themes of green, purple, pink and soft blue pop up in plant choices, the panels of painted timber fence and the tiny, exquisite mosaics on stepping stones and pots that are dotted through the garden. You can see they match Jenni’s style very well!
This is a good lesson in how filling a small garden can make it feel bigger than leaving large areas of it open and empty. Walking through the little paths that twine through the garden, you come upon lots of engaging detail and the changes of direction make sure you view the garden from a dozen different angles. By the time you’ve walked around and stopped and looked at everything, you could swear this garden is 5 times its size.
Jenni creates layers of vertical interest with a wide range of drought-tolerant plants, suited to Melbourne’s mediterranean to temperate climate. Low-growers include dahlia, sages, liriope and succulents. A middle storey of shrubs adds roses, choysia, camellia, Acacia cognata cultivars, citrus and wall-cladding star jasmine, and there are taller canopy plants like olive, Magnolia ‘Little Gem’ and Agonis ‘Burgundy’.
And the pots! I’ve never seen anywhere such perfect groupings of colour, shapes and plantings.
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