Planning and design
A beautiful garden designed with the right Australian plants has many special qualities. It can be home for a variety of native birds, animals and insects. It can display an array of colours, stunning or subtle, and tantalise with a variety of scents. Frequently, it has a serenity often hard to find elsewhere.
But where to start? This section shares insights on how to get started on your native garden journey, or how to reimagine your existing garden. The process commences with clearly defining your objectives, establishing an overarching vision for your garden that inspires you and assessing the needs of your family and that of your site.
Planning and design stories
Transitioning to a native garden in Canberra
Len Dowling is a committed collector of native plants and is actively transitioning to a native garden in Canberra. In February 2023, members of the Canberra Day Activity Group and…View story
‘Rosella Rise’ – a habitat and collector’s garden
Here is a showcase garden, being Deb McMillan’s native garden, Rosella Rise, a habitat and collector’s garden. It is located in Melbourne and was authored by Rae Bassett. It is…View story
Lomandras in native garden design
Lomandras are excellent plants to use in native garden design. Wide variety of lomandras on offer With a range of sizes and forms, foliage colours and textures, interesting flowers and…View story
Groundcovers in garden design
Not only are native groundcovers highly practical, they also play an important role in garden design. Australia has a wealth of choice of groundcovers Is Australia over-endowed with ground-covering plants,…View story
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