Colourful cottage gardens have sprung up across the city featuring vibrant and artistic floral displays to delight residents, workers and visitors.
The City of Sydney’s spring 2019 Living Colour display features more than 24,000 plants in multiple locations across the city and for the first time in the program’s history, it includes 12 lush trees.
“Our biannual Living Colour display is hugely popular with everyone in our city,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
“These bright, colourful gardens celebrate the change of season and also serve as an important reminder of our ongoing efforts to green our city.”
Visitors moving through Martin Place and St Mary’s Cathedral forecourt can enjoy a lush green display, featuring magnolia ‘Exmouth’ and acer ‘October glory’ trees. A spectacular floral pyramid is on display at St Mary’s Cathedral forecourt.
Floral displays have popped up along Castlereagh and Alfred Streets, outside Customs House at Circular Quay, in Springfield Gardens, outside Green Square Library, outside the Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre at Ultimo, at Taylor Square and in Kings Cross.
Floral plant species include delphinium, poppy, snapdragon, aquilegia and digitalis. Herbal varieties include choc mint, ornamental kale, golden sage and silver thyme herbs.
The plants in the displays have been grown without chemicals and pesticides. Growing techniques like soil inoculation and wick matting reduce water use by 25 per cent when compared to traditional nursery overhead watering techniques.
At the end of the Living Colour display, the plants and trees will be offered to local schools, community groups, neighbourhood centres and community gardens, and planted in verges and garden beds.
Spring 2019 Living Colour runs from September until Sunday 3rd November 2019.