It has been one and a half years since I began transforming my verge by planting natives.
I am sad to report that it hasn’t been as successful as I had hoped.
Most of the tube stock didn’t survive the first summer – the only ones that did were these Eremophilas:
|Newly planted tube stock.|
|One and a half years of growth (despite little care).|
Sadly, most of those also didn’t survive too well either but here is a photo of my verge currently:
I’m not 100% certain but I think the following are the factors that contributed to plant deaths:
- Neglect from me – not watering regularly through summer.
- Dog pee – at least 3 plants killed.
- Being covered – I had another mountain of mulch delivered and they dumped all over 3 plants.
- Child using plant as trampoline – 1 victim.
I am working on Point 1 this summer but short of (temporarily) fencing off my verge, I am not sure what I can do about the other causes of fatalities.
Still, I am having fun – seeing some of them flourish and flower. Come April, I will get more tubestock from the City of Vincent Local Native Plant sale to replace the dead plants.