At Zanthorrea Nursery we have award winning
display gardens to showcase the many beautiful Australian plants there
are available. We have incorportated many themes into our gardens to show
how Australian plants can be used, these include; Formal, Informal, Outback
style or Water garden.
Sue Torlach (Dip.Hort.Dip.Landsc.) is a
horticulturalist and landscape designer with
Wild About Gardens. An accredited Watercorp waterwise landscaper
and a member of LIAWA (Landscape Industry Assoc. of WA) Sue is
passionate about promoting Australian plants and sustainable gardening
– using minimal water, labour, fertilizer and chemical inputs.
Several of her designs have won awards in the waterwise categories
of local council garden competitions and her design for the Zanthorrea
Display at Garden Week in 2004 won best Landscape Display in show.
If you would like help creating a colourful, waterwise, low maintenance
garden contact Sue to discuss your needs. Services range from
an on site consultation and sketch to full scale plans. You can
implement the design yourself or Sue can recommend landscapers
to install the garden for you.
Garden week 2009 was a huge success!
We had a fun time setting up our display with Sue Torlach doing the design
for the landscaped area and Fifth Room lending us some Garden artwork.
We won the 'Best Garden Centre Display' of the show. Thanks to everyone
who helped set it up and we will try and have another great show of Australian
plants at the 2011 Garden week in April.
Garden Week 2004
The efforts of Sue, ably assisted by
Alec and the team, resulted in Zanthorrea taking off three awards at the
2004 ‘Garden Week’ – “Best Landscaped Display”,
“2nd ‘Best Display’, and “Most Educational Informative
Sue Torlach's Garden
(featured in theWinter
2003 Bush Telegraph)
"My garden is now two years old, apart from
a gorgeous ‘King’s Park Special’ bottlebrush.
The garden was previously an oversized sandpit - so a combination
of plenty of soil improver in the planting hole and very deep mulch
(obtained cheaply from a tree lopper) was essential. I’m
a water miser, so the garden has to survive with a touch of hand
watering when I remember. It got a lot to get it started, but once
those roots were down, they were on their own!
A gravel path leads to a small pond, which is the central feature
of the garden - the edges are softened by grassy lomandras, isolepsis
and conostylis species. Three small trees will add shade as they
grow - Eucalyptus microtheca, E. erythrycorys and E. woodwardii.
Several banksias have done well and flowered at a young age, especially
the Banksia ashbyi.
The standout colour is from the ‘Big Red’ and ‘Yellow
Gem’ kangaroo paws and the ground cover Scaevola ‘Purple
Fanfare’. The paws are amazing, I give many of them away
as cut flowers. Other plants used include: Olearia axillaris
for its grey foliage, Helichrysum ramossisimum ‘Yellow
Buttons’, Westringia ‘Wynyabbie Gem’, Acacia
lasiocarpa, Hibbertia racemosa, Calothamnus quadrifidus, Melaleuca ‘Little
Nessie’. All very adaptable plants for coastal or hills
planting." – Sue
Diana's garden was recently open to the public under the 'Open Garden scheme'.
The open garden scheme is a not-for-profit organization allowing people
access to some of the best gardens in Australia and raising money for
charities. She uses a 'rooms theme' to organize her plants into different
areas of the garden. From cottage plants to local native plants there
is a lot of interest and diversity with an emphasis on attracting wildlife
into the garden.