As the mercury rises, the showcase gardens in our major cities and regions get ready to host thousands of visitors who come to witness the new season blooms in all their glory.
And The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s immensely popular Spring Walk is already attracting plenty of attention.
This year visitors are in for a treat as the colours and fragrances are going to last a little longer than normal with strategic planting this season designed to evoke an English spring garden over many weeks.
“We are effectively lengthening the period of colour along Spring Walk this season so that there’s flowering and scent throughout the end of August and well into September,” said Dr Dale Dixon, Curator-Manager of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.
The flowering varieties featuring in this year’s installment of the oldest continuous horticultural display in the country (it was first planted in 1855) include calendula, violas, pansies, primulas, wonderland poppies and alyssum sown to give the cottage effect.
Visitors to this spectacular spring display will detect the sweet-scented Stock in the early part of the season and brightly coloured Ranunculus toward the end.
The Spring Walk roundabout will be a mass of Flanders Poppies and the garden beds by Palm House will showcase Wonderland Poppies.
Visitors to the Garden in early September will see many different seasonal flowers and plants at their best, along with the stunning blooms on the wonderful varieties of wisteria, ornamental peach and rhododendrons which line the Spring Walk and brighten Lion Gate Lodge.
This year Dr Dixon emphasises that the entire garden from Woolloomooloo and Henry Lawson Gates to Morshead Fountain near Macquarie Street is touched with Spring colour.
“This is the first time there is full theming throughout the Garden. There’s a rich mix of blooming annuals across the Star Bed and throughout seven flowerbeds surrounding the Choragic monument on Flower Bed Lawn. In the meadow, the Delphinium that have been steadily growing all winter will soon flower into a sea of blue.”
In addition, blue and yellow pansies will fill the Rose Garden, while the Pioneer Memorial Garden will feature sweetly scented Alyssum Lobularia and other flowering annuals in a white, pink and lavender mosaic.