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Colourful new planting in time for Spring

A range of forms and a variety of colour are the intended objective for new garden beds in the Guyra main street and marks the conclusion of the beautification of Bradley Street for now.

Armidale Regional Council in consultation with the Guyra Garden Club have prepared a planting selection that will provide colour all year round and tolerate frost, drought conditions and durability against pedestrian damage.

Mayor Sam Coupland said it was good news that the project was coming to an end with the finishing planting touches in place for Spring.

“The Guyra Garden Club members are well placed to advise council on a selection of plants that will not only look beautiful year round but tolerate the tough conditions,” said Mayor Coupland.

“This is the type of partnership we want to encourage to ensure the Guyra community can have their say and be part of the decision making for their town. I look forward to seeing the beds planted out and in full bloom, hopefully in a few months’ time.”

Site preparation and planting by Council’s Town and Open Spaces team is scheduled for Sunday 11 September with all works expected to be completed in one day (weather permitting).  The following Sunday 18 September may be required if the work takes longer than expected. Sunday has been chosen to ensure there is minimum impact to businesses and residents. Bradley Street will be closed between Ollera and McKenzie Streets from 7am to 5pm. Pedestrian access will be maintained to businesses open on Sunday.

Plant selection includes:
Rosemary: an original selection by the Guyra Garden Club, an evergreen that can be pruned to shape, can be used by cafes and has mauve flowers in late spring/summer
Cat Mint: as an alternative or in addition to Rosemary 
Liriope mucari: soft always green strap leaved clumping plant that is great for mass planting, purple flowers in late summer Autumn, great for edges along kerbs and can tolerate dry conditions
Dietes bicolor: really tough large barrier plant can be used to dissuade pedestrian access, dry tolerant and cheery yellow flowers in spring and summer
Sedum spectibile ‘Autumn Joy’: aim for use was to contrast form with strap leaved plants. Would be mass planted alongside Liriope and provide colour in Autumn ranging from pink to copper red. Will die back in Winter but provide a visible renewal appeal in Spring
Miscanthus – Red Skin


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