Ayrlies of Whitford is our latest garden to list on our site.
Situated in the gently rolling country of east Auckland, this is one of New Zealand's best-known older gardens, which is characterised by sweeping lawns, large trees, ponds and waterfalls and informal but detailed textured plantings. Strong but sensitive use of colour is a hallmark of Ayrlies seen best in the lurid border where 'hot' colours are used to great effect and in other areas where old roses, clematis and perennials are combined in romantic profusion.
The Garden now covers some 6 hectares. A seamless flow of informal borders incorporates a detailed use of plant textures and colour. Some areas feature roses, clematis and perennials; others contain lush, sub-tropical plants, such as Petrea, Alocasia, aloes, bromeliads, vireya rhododendrons and Ficus dammaropsis. It also includes many large trees – liquidambar, swamp cypress, pin oak and sequoia – which have grown rapidly in the warm wet climate. Each area has its own emphasis but merges easily into the next, always preserving the harmony of the whole.
Near 60 years, the garden is approaching maturity. Trees and shrubs form a changing backdrop for the garden. View lines to the Hauraki Gulf within the garden are preserved with careful arboriculture. Valleys planted in liquidambar, pin oaks and ginkgos alight with autumn colour linking the garden to the Wetlands out to the sea.