Low maintenance garden featuring three plant varieties

It only has 3 x varieties of plants - the hedge is MICHELIA FIGO (Port Wine Magnolia) that has been pleached (the bottom branching taken off the main stem) up to a height of 60cm, and underneath we have planted a groundcover grade of TRACHELOSPERMUM JASMINOIDES (Star Jasmine) and are keeping that trimmed at 30cm high. The star jasmine grows beautifully in the shade of the hedge and across the lawn next to the house in the photo. We can see it growing just as well in the full sun. I rate the star jasmine as a true 10/10 performer in the garden.

The pleached Michelia has been allowed to get to 2.0 metres high and is kept trimmed at this height, giving the owners better privacy from their close neighbours because the wooden fence is only 1.5m high. In the front of the garden is the maroon foliage of LOROPETALUM BURGANDY- this plant is exceptionally attractive with its foliage being the same colour as a red Shiraz wine. If you left this plant untrimmed you would expect it to get to around 1.0 m x 1.0 m wide, but in this case its been kept clipped at 30cm high - making a magnificent groundcover.

Graeme Burton - Landscaper - Rukuhia Homestead, RD2, Ohaupo 3882
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