This little roundabout was overgrown with weeds and I began ripping everything out a couple of weekends ago. One of my neighbours gave me a hand, and so when we got our mulch the area was ready to be given a makeover.
The palm trees do provide a bit of shade. I planted a black palm in the centre - When that gets bigger and the other palms have to go we will still have some height and shade. There are a few straggly cordelines, so I will start some more and also put in some heleconias that I removed from my garden. They will be easier to maintain in an open area like this, and probably flower well.layering technique that are now ready to plant out.
The council also gives out free plants every year to rate payers so I will have to see what is available this year. I don't really have a plan so want to make sure that it doesn't look like a mishmash of odd plants. The ground is awful - just matted palm tree roots, so I will have to dig down a bit to free up some earth and then augment with compost before I plant out. Once I see what plants I have I will plan it out. I am anticipating the area will not require much maintenance. That will be my new year project.
Next to the pool is another area I have been adding a few plants to, mostly bromeliads that add a bit of colour, and once the mulch was added it began to look a bit better. This hides the area where the bins are kept, and the electrical box.