Mulch ado about garden of year

A rich layer of mulch is one of the big secrets of Philippa Beach’s Garden of the Year.
A rich layer of mulch is one of the big secrets of Philippa Beach’s Garden of the Year.

‘We now have a menagerie of wild visitors to the garden, and now we have a pond our regular visitors include galahs, cockatoos and even a couple of ducks,’ Mrs Beach said.

She and her husband have a corner verge and front garden planted with natives including flowering gums and peppermints.

The garden is designed in three tiers of plants that attract many smaller birds and insects and make them feel safe moving from bush to bush.

Plenty of mulch protects the plants’ roots and retains water.

‘They were spot-on with having that in a thick layer of bark mulch,’ competition judge Andrea Whitely said.

Other awards went to Minim Cove Park and the Friends of Mosman Park Bushland for the best bush block, while the best nature strip was owned by Peter and Eileen Donnelly on Portsea Rise.

Ms Whitely said the formal garden winner owned by Sandra and Robert Peters at The Coombe was one of the most outstanding of its type she had seen in Perth.

The best vegetables came from St Luke’s Church Community Garden and St Hilda’s School for Girls senior students were recognised for their green-fingered efforts.

The cottage garden award went to John and Anthea Griffin for their Colonial Gardens land.