Scorching heat (45C) to freezing cold (-3C) makes for some extreme gardening in the Axedale area. Through trial and error over several years we have discovered which type of plants are best suited or adaptable to our climate. See below for our best plants guide.
Most garden plants on the list below are available from Bendigo nurseries and plant specialists.
Bendigo: appears to be slightly warmer than Axedale and far more wind protected. We have noticed that bearded iris and roses flower up to several weeks earlier in Bendigo gardens than at Axedale. Bougainvillea also grows well in protected areas in Bendigo whereas in Axedale we struggle to keep one alive, let alone growing and flowering.
Heathcote: appears to have a very similar climate to Axedale. Our list of successful plants should also be suited to the Heathcote district.
"You know, you can't grow grass on rock!"
A farmer friend of ours took a look at River Gardens Axedale and remarked; "You know, you can't grow grass on rock!" And he was right. There's literally acres of land in our goat paddocks that are exposed rock and it grows no feed at all. However, we have discovered that when covered with 300mm of topsoil, manured, mulched and watered, you can grow roses, lavender, salvias and buddleia just to name a few.
Plants are truly amazing and they have a way of sending their roots down into crevices and gaps between rocks that not only supply them with food and nutrients, but also give them a secure grip on the ground.