I have been incredibly lucky to move into a National Trust House in the Macedon Ranges which brings with it the responsibility of renovating a lovely, large and historical, yet very neglected garden. My question is how far do I go in trying to remain sympathetic to a 1850s Colonial House with established exotics that are gradually and sadly nearing the end of their lives, yet be clever with water and accommodate so many rabbits who are obsessed with any cuttings I plant!
Can there be a sensible mix between the old and new, indigenous to the area and exotics and all without looking contrived and 'try-hard' ? Any thoughts or principles gratefully received.