Four new verge gardens for Riverside Crescent Dulwich Hill - a big improvement

Four new verge gardens for Riverside Crescent Dulwich Hill – a big improvement

As soon as you enter into Riverside Crescent from Wardell Road you can see the new verge gardens.  This kind of depaving is marvelous & makes an immediately positive impact on the streetscape.  Almost one side of a corner property has had concrete removed & four large verge gardens installed.  All allow easy access to the footpath from the street.

Native grasses have been planted around the edges, with native plants that look to be small shrubs & groundcovers planted in the middle of the garden beds.  I will be interested to see how this looks in 12-months time when everything has grown.

One of the plants still had the label attached.  It was a Plebalium squamulosum, also known as Scaly Phebalium or Forest Phebalium.  This is a native plant endemic to Eastern Australia & spring flowering.  What is nice about this plant is that it is taller than groundcover so it will have a visual impact. Much better than looking at just woodchip. You can read about this plant here – http://bit.ly/Xx04bP

Three new Weeping Lilly Pilly trees (Waterhousea floribunda) have been planted to complement another Weeping Lilly Pilly that was already there.  There are no powerlines on this side of the street so these trees should be able to grow into their wonderful round canopy.  These trees reach a good height so will also provide much needed shade as well as significantly green up the streetscape.  Their dense foliage will also provide habitat & their flowers & fruit will provide food for wildlife.  I certainly wouldn’t mind having this tree outside my property if there were no powerlines.

I thought the verge gardens looked great.  They had a larger variety of plants than I have seen in a Council verge project.  I hope that this is continued further up & down Riverside Crescent.  They have large footpaths here that could benefit from depaving.

Well done Marrickville Council.  Let’s hope verge gardens spread like a virus around Marrickville LGA.

A random shot of one of the verge gardens.

A random shot of one of the verge gardens.

The new verge gardens are immediately visible as you enter into Riverside Crescent.  Once the trees have grown, it should look significantly greener in this section.

The new verge gardens are immediately visible as you enter into Riverside Crescent. Once the trees have grown, it should look significantly greener in this section.

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