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Gardening in High Country
In many respects, we take successful gardening in
the Southern Highlands for granted - most areas
have relatively good soils, generally there is good
rainfall and microclimates created by the diversity
of the landscape.
Some areas are virtually frost free while others
experience winter temperatures of -50 or more with
harsh frosts and occasional snow falls generally
between May and September.
Perhaps our biggest problem is the prevailing winds
- strong westerlies in late winter and early spring and
north easterlies in the summer.
But give a thought to those who create gardens in
the High Country around Jindabyne.
In this area the average rainfall is 500mls per year
(half that in Bowral and Moss Vale, and a quarter of
Robertson's), gale force winds are endured, and
temperatures vary from -20 degrees Celsius with severe
frosts possible from April to November and in some
areas heavy snowfalls to 40cms
protection from the severe winds and weather how are
these gardens created and maintained?
Establishing windbreaks with hedges or structures,
such as garden sheds, provides protection from
prevailing winds is a priority.
Mini-windbreaks placed along the most vulnerable
garden beds, with downhill paths to allow frost to
escape, provide protection for more tender plants.
The area is extremely rocky with many granite
outcrops, which are not removed but instead used as
wind protection and to reflect heat in winter as well as
adding character to the garden beds.
Repeat plantings of hardy plants such as lavenders,
rosemary, roses and iris predominate in gardens together
with 'snow in summer', lamb's ears, daisies and aquilegia.
Iris are planted more deeply than we would do and the
rhizomes uncovered once frosts are over.
Hardy perennials, which die back over winter are
also grown successfully.
Under plantings of ground covers provide living
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