South East QLD is spoilt for choice when it comes to garden inspiration. There are botanic gardens on the Gold Coast, up on Mt Tamborine, Ipswich, Recliffe and two in Brisbane. Also in Brisbane are the Roma Street Parklands and South Bank Parklands. If you head a little further north you can visit the beautiful gardens of Toowoomba, Maroochydore Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens or the Noosa Botanic Gardens.
All of these public spaces will give you an idea of what grows well in the region but sometimes just exploring your own neighbourhood leads to garden inspiration. Have a look at what others in your immediate area are growing well. If, for instance clivias are growing well in your neighbour’s front yard there is a very good chance they will grow well in yours. Take seasonal walks around the neighbourhood to see what grows well when and take the opportunity to visit some local gardens.
Gold Coast Garden Inspiration
230 Ashmore Road, Benowa
This garden showcases local plants of the region and Australian plants that grow well in our little corner of QLD. The gardens feature a Butterfly Garden where the plant selection is based around the needs local butterfly species, there a the Forest Gorge which has showcased our rainforest trees, the Freshwater Wetlands which are drought, fire and flood adapted plants and a Horticulture Display Garden which highlights plants that grow successfully in our climate.
25 Forsythia Drive, Tamborine Mountain
Heading up to Tamborine the climate and soil changes dramatically. This does mean that there are a number of plants that thrive on the mountain but may not do so well on the Gold Coast, especially bulbs like daffodils and jonquils, but their clivia and hippeastrum displays are spectacular and both these bulbs grow very well on the Gold Coast. The bromeliad garden is also a joy.
280 Beaudesert-Beenleigh Road, Bahrs Scrub
This is a private garden and only accessible by appointment. Viola has been working on her garden for more than 30 years and is continually improving and crafting it. She has created a rainforest walk, a bromeliad resort style garden and always uses bold flowering perennials to add colour.
Explore your local area and local gardens and be inspired.