Sharon Shields in her garden with her friends Desley Smerdon and Liz Brady.
Sharon Shields in her garden with her friends Desley Smerdon and Liz Brady. Erin Smith

Secret to garden inspiration is love

IT WAS not an easy task for Sharon Shields to get her garden up and running in among the clay and boulders of her Mount Tabor home.

Many told Ms Shields that it could not be done.

"Many people told me I was mad, but I knew the secret ingredients," she said.

"Plants love to grow, and I love to grow them."

This is exactly what the keen gardener did.

The expansive country-style garden at 29 Derain Dr, Warwick, has certainly proved all the naysayers wrong - and it was open to the public for the first-time at the weekend.

Ms Shields said the inspiration for the garden was her love of plants.

"And my love of growing them," she said.

The garden contains a magnificent mix of flowering perennials, including old-fashioned favourites such as salvia, penstemon, agapanthus, erigeron and iris, fill beds under deciduous trees, including Chinese tallow trees, golden twisted willow and ornamental plums.

"I moved to Warwick from Rockhampton four years ago and have found the dramatic changes in seasons quite challenging, but very rewarding," Ms Shields said.

"I am now able to grow spring bulbs and annuals, and deciduous trees, which give me height and shade in summer and wonderful colour in autumn.

"One of my favourite features in the garden is the beautiful Lorna Doon rose, which drapes wonderfully over four wooden arches."



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