High on the plains near Mount Kosciuszko, a couple turned a hectare of their windswept property into an enchanting cold-climate garden.
The property's owners since 1980, Howard and Anne Charles.
“The growing season is short,” Anne says. “Last year we had a frost on November 28 and a few years ago we had –9°C in October." Here, an ornamental grapevine and ‘Champney’s Pink Cluster’ roses spill onto the timber deck.
Stone steps lead down to the tennis court, a work in progress that the Charles family refer to as ‘Howard’s Folly'.
A windbreak of Lombardy poplars allows perennials and a hedge of pink ‘Bonica’ roses to flourish.
Views across the 1200-hectare cattle and sheep property: “We love the way we can see out to the landscape,” says Anne.
A stone seat backed by a haze of self-sown white centranthus provides a quiet spot to contemplate the results of 36 years of dedicated gardening.
A circular bed planted with yellow and white roses, cream-coloured California poppies, and a border of soft lambs’ ears.
This large, unidentified pink rose was a gift from a friend.
Sweeping lawns with mature elms frame the views of the landscape.
‘Apricot Nectar’ is a hardy rose with a soft fragrance that does well on the Monaro plains.
Silver-foliaged plants, including spiky cardoons and yellow roses, thrive in a sunny corner of the garden.