Greg Kinman garden
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Those aloes, at home

Last week I wrote about aloes and featured a few shots of some hybrids I saw in Greg Kinman’s garden in Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast. Greg’s garden is so inspiring, I thought I should share some more pictures of it.

The whole thing is just a few years old, and growing almost completely on sand.  Greg had always loved succulents so when he started the garden they were first choice plant material – drought tolerant, untroubled by pest, disease or the salt-laden winds that whip over this hillside, and highly amenable to the kind of clipping and trimming that Greg practices.

Kalanchoe and pelargonium

Greg has a great eye for texture and colour, so here in the front garden a shiny mid-green crassula snuggles up to a lime green, burgundy-trimmed pelargonium and the felty grey sticks of Kalanchoe tomentosa. There’s nothing rare or unusual about the plant material in the garden; what’s impressive is the way it’s used.

Along the side of the house the path is edged with a crassula trimmed into  a subtropical version of box, holding back a froth of brilliantly coloured and patterned croton and begonia foliage.

Greg Kinman garden

Through the stone archway is the heart of the garden, an undercover lounge that feels like you’ve walked into what you’ve dreamed Morocco might be like, if it was on the Sunshine coast.

Greg Kinman Garden

A cane daybed covered with hot colour, wooden easy chairs and table seating, mats on the tiled floor, lanterns hung from the frame supporting the overhead awning, and the foliage of calathea, cordyline, raphis, sanseveria and anthirium. Look back where you’ve come from and it feels like this:

Greg Kinman Garden

Shaded, welcoming, comfortable, private – all the things we want from our garden spaces. It just makes you want to grab a book and a cool drink doesn’t it!  Greg’s inspiring attention to detail had me making all kinds of resolutions about my own garden. And isn’t that one reason we love visiting other people’s gardens -they allow us to see our own gardens with new eyes.

Greg Kinman Garden

I hope to be back at Greg’s garden again next year on a Tastings: Noosa tour. I’ll let you know dates when I have them.



2 thoughts on “Those aloes, at home

  1. Libby Cameron says:

    This garden looks so good..I have seen it from the street, and was too polite to walk through the arch when I realised there was no one home. I might just have to head up there with you next year!!!
    Using a succulent as a hedge is inspired…I have also seen echeverias interplanted with low, pink gaura, as a feature….
    it looks amazing as it brings out the rosiness in the succulent. These plants can be used in so many ways..I feel we are only just getting the hang of them!

    • Robin Powell says:

      I think you’re right Libby. As with broms, clever gardeners are working out how to use them with other plants to make a garden, not just a collection. I’ll show you what I mean about broms when I get a spare minute to put up a post about a wonderful garden I saw at Eumundi. Stay tuned!

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