Snowy blossom (delicious, obviously) drifts down onto the birdbath and stone seat from the weeping white wisteria tree (Robinia).
The spring bulbs are over and the perennials have not begun just here, so to bridge the gap I am going to plant the lovely little waxflower (Philotheca myoporoides ssp acuta, below); sweet white stars open from pink buds, it’s a hardy native shrub I’m fond of. Perfumed mock orange (Philadelphus) is making a good mound, behind. Later on, Belladonna lilies flower (in autumn): big pink and white blooms with a strong fragrance, they justify those too-large leaves nearer the front (just), before the winter roses (Helleborus) begin again.
Jill Weatherhead is horticulturist, garden designer and principal at Jill Weatherhead Garden Design and garden writer who lives in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne, and works throughout Victoria (www.jillweatherheadgardendesign.com.au)