I recently wrote about the lovely herb garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens but that wasn’t the only standout part of that special garden. The succulent and cactus garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney is one of the best succulent gardens I’ve come across to date. My husband has never really understood the attraction of cacti in particular but has had his eyes opened at this garden.
The garden contains a good variety of succulents, including many cacti. Some are common in home gardens, while others are not but each species has something interesting to show.
The garden is well designed – there isn’t a single part that doesn’t offer an interesting view.
I often find that home gardeners mostly choose low growing succulents and cacti for their gardens so it’s not all that often that you find some of the various, very interesting, taller succulents. This garden certainly breaks that trend though with succulents of every height.
Another thing I quite enjoyed about this garden was the good choice of mulch material. The colour and texture work well with the wide variety of succulents throughout the garden. Anyone planning their own succulent garden would do well to consider using a similar mulch. That’s not to say of course that there aren’t other good choices but if you’re unsure what to pick, this is a great option.
The garden designer also chose a good mix of succulents with very different forms and textures.
I was also please to see that the garden does a good job of showing visitors how succulents that are commonly used indoors can also be grown outdoors.
Sometimes it can be hard to describe why succulents are such nice plants, especially for people who can’t get pask all those spines but I think every succulent has something interesting to offer. And with all their amazing colours, patterns, forms and textures, they still mange to throw flowers into their tool box of wonders.
Another thing that struck me about this garden was the lack of damaged and dead plant matter. With a garden the size of the Sydney Botanic Gardens, one might expect to find plenty of spent flowers and plants with damage from animals and the many visitors the garden gets every day. Not the succulent garden though. It’s clearly cared for by gardeners who truly appreciate it.
This may or may not have something to do with the fact that it is situated right next door to the Sydney Herbarium… And this of course makes it very convenient to visit both places if you’re one of the special people allowed to visit the herbarium.
Speaking of herbaria – it is also worth noting that the succulent garden has species from all over the world. As a result it certainly has some odd looking gems.
I don’t visit Sydney all that often but now that I’ve seen the succulent garden, it’s definitely going to be on my list of places to visit again soon. If you get the chance to visit, I highly recommend setting aside a day to meander through the whole botanic garden but if your time is limited then I reckon the succulent garden is the place to go.