Two stunning Macedon Ranges gardens are opening for plant lovers in December.
Tugurium is Stephen Ryan's own home garden that will be bursting with colour and life during the summer months.
A mix of irresistible rare and unusual plants is what makes this space unique.
Set on a peaceful lane in Macedon,Tugurium is a culmination of the decades that Mr Ryan has spent collecting plants and placing them in stimulating combinations of foliage, texture and colour.
He expects the acanthus, elderflowers and angels trumps to be in bloom, with visitors able to enjoy a coffee, peruse Craig Lidgerwood's botanic artworks and inspect some rare plants for sale.
The garden features winding paths that will take you through woodland plantings, a restful pond and circular lawn, with a small orchard and nearby vegetable garden rounding out the space.
Today's masterpiece is a far cry from the vacant, burnt block purchased after the Ash Wednesday bushfires of 1983 that destroyed the original home.
Over the years, Mr Ryan has created soil, added mulch and created an informal space for the plants.
The second garden on show is Caelum, which was originally created in 1994 by landscape designer Grant Saltmarsh.
It has been recently nurtured by former owners Margaret and Mal Pisaro.
This 0.6 hectare garden is opening to the public for the first time in five years, with plenty of hidden treasures to be discovered.
Plants from all parts of the world and a collection of amazing maples are the owners' current passions.
A natural soil of heavy clay has made this garden a challenge to create, but years of composting and mulching have yielded results.
An ornamental fish pond, caged vegetable garden and meandering paths are flanked by perennial beds and mature trees.
The large stone fountain is a highlight of Caelum, with its formal gardens providing a wonderful walkway through to the vegetable garden and mature fruit trees.
The garden is full of inspiration for home gardeners who will be enticed by the possibilities of the plantings around every corner.
A host of rare and unusual plants have found a home n this garden over time, through the influence of Mr Ryan and his nursery.
Caelum's opening will have plant sales by Dicksonia and music in the garden from 1pm.
Tugurium Open Garden is located at 8-10 Centenary Ave, Macedon.
Caelum Open Garden is situated at 3 Church St, Macedon.
Both gardens will open on Saturday, December 7 and Sunday, December 8 from 10am until 4.30pm.
Entry is $8.