A Tauranga front garden gets a lush planted border and a clear grassy space
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I’m stuck. Our Tauranga front garden is a sun trap with so much untapped potential. We’re down the bottom of？a quiet cul-de-sac. The front garden has a large oak， which can’t be touched， and I’m happy with the lawnbaby pillow， which the kids love to play on. There is， however， a collection of mismatched plants (and a dead kowhai)， too many stones and a hedge that attracts flies. Visitors traipse through the front garden bed by the door and due to the hot， dry conditions plants here are struggling. I’d like to develop this area by removing the hedge and having？a green belt along the driveway with a variety of contrasting colours/textures and leaf sizes. What plants would suit the Tauranga climate？ New Zealand natives and flowering plants to support our declining bee population would be great. What should I do underneath the lounge window and in the garden bed by the front door？
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TIP Newly-planted gardens need to be watered regularly for several months until plants establish， especially during summer months and in north-facing gardens like this one. Replacing existing soil with？a good quality garden mix will also ensure better survival rates for plants.
Words by： Carol BucknellIllustration/plan by： Carol Bucknell
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