Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2019
Over the last few years Botanix Plant Supply has been proud to supply high quality trees and shrubs for a number of award-winning display gardens at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.
For the 2019 Show our plants were featured in all categories; show gardens, boutique gardens and within the Avenue of Achievable Gardens for up-and-coming horticultural students.
This year a distinct trend emerged of mixing Australian natives, succulents and Mediterranean style plants to great effect. It was notable in just how many gardens this combination was seen to be working well.
This palette emphasizes the movement towards a softer, sustainable approach in our gardens, with a better appreciation of our Australian climate and way of life.
Highlights of silver foliage also made an impression. Our Eremophila nivea ‘Blue Velvet’ and advanced Eucalyptus cinereal ‘Silver Shadow’ were popular, along with our sculptural Xanthorrea gluca.
Large architectural plants also became a centerpiece in many gardens. Botanix supplied advanced cloud pruned olives to both Bonnie Thexton and Robbie Mcnab, who created wonderful gardens in the Emerging Designer Category. It is great to see these plants given such emphasis.
Semi-advanced Bottle Trees with character were also on display in Christian Jenkins’ Silver Guilt winning show garden ‘Dreaming’. His garden was a true celebration of Australia’s diverse range of plants.
Ben Hutchinson also used an eclectic native palette which incorported our Lemon Myrtle, Banksia and Eremophila in his bronze medal winning garden ‘Urban Retreat’.
photo: Vivian Scarpari
MIFGS presents a number of challenges for designers – how to make a temporary show garden feel like an established landscape. All designers achieved this to great effect.
One way of creating the impression of a full and settled garden and is through the use of mature and larger sized plants. With an increase in our 30cm range over the last year we were able to supply effective underplanting specimens in a size allowing for that an instant impact.
Good examples of plants which can be used in this way are Banksia cultivars, such as ‘Birthday Candles’, as well as ‘Pygmy Possum, which were on display at MIFGS, along with examples of Casuarina ‘Cousin It’ which could seen cascading over rocks.
Botanix will be following up with a release of Eucalyptus latens ‘Moon Lagoon’ in 30cm pots during the coming months
Botanix Plant Supply would again like to congratulate all participants in another successful Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.