You could say homeowner and passionate gardener, Di Michalk, has an iris addiction! Di has planted around 1000 varieties of Tall Bearded Iris in her garden alone – and that doesn’t even include all of her Dwarf, Siberian and Dutch irises. Known as the Ashgrove Iris Garden – her home is located in the hills of Gumeracha – and is just one of the glorious spots you can visit on the Open Gardens SA program.
With pathways winding through irregularly shaped garden-beds, you can meander through the riot of glorious colour at leisure. Even though irises look dainty and delicate it’s actually a surprisingly hardy and water-wise plant. And Di says anyone can grow them.
And for the times when they aren’t in flower, her garden has been cleverly designed to look lovely year round with 200 hundred David Austen Roses and a wealth of other plants such as Camellias, Japanese Maples, and Birch trees.
Other interesting features you’ll find include large fountains and a water tank painted by a local artist to reflect the different seasons.
And if that’s not enough there’s one more crowd pleaser – Di’s famous home-made scones.
You can visit the Ashgrove Iris Garden in all its glory on the 27th and 28th of October. Head to the Open Gardens SA website for more details and to find out what else is on their calendar. Get out there and get inspired … oh and maybe even grab a scone!