So far, you have set your objectives, created a vision and defined a style that inspires you and assessed your site and your needs. Now it’s time to translate your vision and plan into action. You need to set a budget, think about maintenance and more fully assess the site – your soil, climate, water flows, vistas, shade and sunlight and neighbours! And develop a scale drawing or bubble diagram.
You will need to make decisions on paths, walls, and garden beds, on materials and colours and textures, and on the type of plants you’d like to use – their overall shape, colour and texture.
In this section, we provide tips on effectively handling the construction and maintenance of your native garden.
An honest critique of my garden design
Here is an honest critique of my garden design in Moreton Bay north of Brisbane. Critiques like this, where we share our design triumphs and tragedies, are helpful for us…View story
Practical pruning of native plants
I have a practical approach to pruning of native plants. Historically there was no pruning Historically, pruning has not been a feature of Australian plant gardening. In the 1960’s when…View story
Pruning native plants for design
Pruning native plants for design is valuable for both practical and aesthetic reasons. It’s an opportunity to be creative! Pruning for practicality vs aesthetics Pruning is an area of gardening…View story
Pruning Australian native plants for design
Pruning Australian native plants for design is one way to enhance form, size and flowering. For many of us, we aspire to have our gardens be predominantly natural in character.…View story
Using mounds and channels in your garden
Using mounds or raising garden beds generally results in successful plant growth and with Australian native plants very spectacular growth. This is helped by water channelling into depresssions during high…View story