Birches are traditionally cool climate trees, however with a little planning they can grow in the Yarra Valley. The birch forest consists of 400 birch trees all planted closely together to create a micro climate of cool dense growth. The roots, being shallow and fibrous require protection from drying out and to keep the roots cool. Under plantings include daffodils, jonquils and hellebores in Winter/Spring, followed by Scilla peruviana, irises, freesias, clivias and cyclamen in Spring. Summer welcomes Ruscus and ginger lillies with some red, yellow and lemon Hemerocallis along the outer edges to catch the light. Every season has its own beauty, the bare trunks in Winter, beautiful bright green leaves in Spring, deep shade in Summer and the butter yellow leaves in Autumn.