3S Landscape Design

New Red Centre Garden

In January I was in Canberra to visit family and friends and had the pleasure of visiting the Australian National Botanic Gardens.  I have watched this garden develop throughout my life and I love the most recent addition: a red centre garden, magnificently landscaped to resemble the ecosystems of central Australia.  The garden has a wonderful sculpture of a  thorny devil (about 100 times life size),  gullies and streams and rocky outcrops as well as beautiful plantings of central Australian plants.



  • Gossypium sturtianum Gossypium sturtianum
  • gully gully
  • Brachyscome Brachyscome
  • pot plantings pot plantings
  • Thorny devil Thorny devil
  • Daisies Daisies


Many of the flowers, including the beautiful Gossypium sturtianum (Sturt’s Desert Rose) are purple or mauve, a lovely contrast with the red soil.

It will be great to visit the gardens from time to time to see how the red centre garden is developing.

Elsewhere in the gardens there are many Western Australian plants including the gorgeous flowering gum Corymbia ficifolia.

Corymbia ficifolia

I also love the rock gardens with their many water dragon lizards and the rainforest gully, showing the diversity of Australian plant habitats.

A display bed of everlastings was especially beautiful.



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