Menu Index: Landscaping

Growing Gymea Lilies

Everything about the Gymea Lily (Doryanthes excelsa) is rather larger than life. The bold foliage can reach over four metres in height and I have personally measured majestic flower stems that were over ten metres tall. Plants live on for many years and grow into massive clumps of shoots many metres in diameter if they have the […]

Best Australian native plants for pots and containers

The trend towards smaller gardens, town houses and apartments has inspired the plant lovers€™ in the nursery industry to respond with an ever-increasing range of Australian plants that will delight those who want to attract birds and butterflies and bring a little bit of the bush to their balconies and courtyards. From anigozanthos to xerochrysum there are plants […]

Australian Native Shrubs

What are the best Australian Native Shrubs for the Garden? Shrubs form a huge group within the Australian flora and can be defined as woody plants that remain relatively low (say less than 5m) and generally have multiple stems or trunks. This type of plant abounds in more exposed, harsher climatic areas such as coastal […]

Australian Native Trees

What Australian Native Trees Should I Grow In The Garden? Strictly speaking a tree is a woody plant that has a single trunk and a distinct elevated canopy. There are, however, quite a number of woody plants in the Australian flora that are commonly thought of as trees but are actually shrubs. An example of […]

All About Hedges

Hedges are worth considering for a number of reasons. They can provide a visual barrier around a property; a dense hedge can muffle traffic noise from a busy street or provide a break from a strong prevailing wind. A spiky hedge will also provide a physical deterrent to unwanted guests and that pesky neighbourhood dog […]

Landscape Designing With Australian Plants

Is there such a thing as a distinctively Australian garden style? I would certainly argue the case, and if there is such a thing as a distinctively Australian garden design concept, it would be best described as the ‘Bush Garden’. The hallmark of this design idea is an emphasis on the use of Australian plants, […]

Australian Native Hedges

Gardeners often look to exotic plants when they consider putting in a hedge. There are plenty of natives which will perform equally well, and often even better. Australian plant breeders have been working to breed and select new varieties of old favourite tough natives for hedging, screening and for topiary work. The varieties that work […]

Pathways in Your Native Garden

by Kath Gadd from Mallee Design A large part of planning and designing a garden is how the inhabitants and visitor will view the garden. Garden beds will need to be planned out for optimal viewing from different angles and even the smallest garden needs to have routes of access for maintenance and wandering. Not […]