Semmens Interesting Garden


33 Torrens Street, Torrensville

Saturday 25 November 2017
Sunday 26 November 2017

10:00 AM
4:30 PM


Rare and unusual cacti and succulents rub shoulders with cottage garden plants and natives in this exuberant and colourful garden. The owners have created a garden for all seasons with a wide-ranging selection of small trees, shrubs and perennials. As the owners admit, they are great enthusiasts for plants of all sorts and the garden has evolved as their tastes have changed and matured over the years. No particular style dominates but there is something for everyone to enjoy in this densely planted garden.

The front lawn was abandoned long ago in favour of natives like grevilleas, bottle trees and banksias to attract the birds. Now the owners have added a profusion of cottage plants from salvias and gauras, to gallardias and geraniums to make the garden really bright and inviting.

Truckloads of ivy were removed from the back garden which now boasts two grafted red flowering gum trees, and a range of fruit trees including plum, apricot, orange, nectarine and fig. A fern area has begonias and fuchsias.

There is a prize winning collection of orchids, together with many large and small cacti, bonsai, many unusual succulents, mature pachypodium (the flower is like a frangipani), and cycads. Foliage colour comes from alternanthera and forest pansy. Perfume comes from stephanotis, star jasmine and scented geraniums. There are about 30 types of euphorbia.

The spring opening will also feature liliums and climbing roses. A favourite plant of the owners is the Caesalpinia.

Photos of this garden can be viewed on Facebook by searching for "Semmens Interesting Garden".

Size: 0.25 acres, 0.1ha.

The nominated Charity for this garden is the Refugees Association.


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