Last weekend I decided to visit a garden only half an hour’s drive away from Melbourne with a couple of friends – the garden of Attila and Michele Kapitany in Narre Warren North.
The garden is almost entirely made up of succulents. I must admit that we don’t have many succulents in our garden, but I do still love them. They have wonderful textures and differing colours, even when not in flower. They are also great in a drought-tolerant garden.
Attila and Michele’s 0.4 hectare garden had many narrow paths that took you into “rooms” that made the garden seem even bigger than it is. The garden was in no way formal and in some sections the margins consisted of fingers of plants reaching out into the paths. It also had a great view of a neighbouring lake, which contained many waterbirds. The repeated plantings of mesembryanthemums, aloes, Blue Chalksticks (Senecio mandraliscae), echeverias and Queensland Bottle Trees (Brachychiton rupestris) helped bring the garden together. Two “portholes” cut into a cypress hedge along the boundary allowed passersby to admire the garden.
After visiting, I watched a video of Attila speaking about their love for their garden. I loved his explanations of how they let the plants tell them where they want to grow and that they listen to their plants. I also loved how he said that when entering the garden there was “no politics…no sense of time and space.” How very true! Just one of my many reasons for spending time in our garden.