Visit Victoria’s iconic Lambley Nursery this spring to explore Australia’s leading dry-climate plant nursery. Set around an old farmhouse in the hot dry windswept plains of the central Victorian Goldfields, Lambley Nursery specialises in plants with minimal irrigation needs and propagates and grows all of their own plants from mother stock that they have grown in the garden or in their trial beds.
Entry Point - A landscape designer known for dramatic effects adapts to a different scale in his own California garden. A sandstone walkway leading to landscape architect Joseph Marek's house is flanked on the left by Agave attenuata, 'Goodwin Creek' lavender, and Phormium tenax 'Variegatum' and on the right by Aloe arborescens 'Lutea' and Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Gold Star.'
Bright Colors - The garden's main cross axis cuts through borders of euphorbia, Crocosmia "Lucifer," Callirhoe involucrata, mixed penstemons, Lavandula angustifolia "Hidcote," and Rhodocoma gigantea; the distant golden locust echoes the euphorbia's hue.
Contrasting Foliage - Mary Reid wove burgundy plants, including Eucomis comosa "Sparkling Burgundy," Weigela florida "Wine and Roses," Leucadendron salignum "Summer Red," Echinacea purpurea "Bravado," and Penstemon "Hidcote Pink," through a cluster of yellow-green euphorbia, santolina, and silver grasses.
Flower Show - A fragrant, disease-resistant 'New Dawn' rose climbs the latticework that screens the east-facing porch ell. Tony Bielaczyc took advantage of this bright exposure to stock the border with sun-loving flowers.
Pathway - Lucy, the Reids' cat, basks in the morning sun amid the rustle of grasses, including Calamagrostis x acutifolia "Stricta," Miscanthus sinensis "Gracillimus," Panicum virgatum "Hanse Herms," and Deschampsia cespitosa.
The wedding of Mary and Lew Reid more than 20 years ago also united his love for plants and her talent for design. The result is an extraordinary garden Towering Douglas firs and redwood trees edge the Reids' sweeping southern view, where a vista of farm fields, woods, and rambling foothills unfurls. The tapestry of plants, which features types native to the Mediterranean, South Africa, Australia, and California, creates a richly textured foreground.