If you’re thinking of growing a new garden in, and around, your home, it’s important to decide what type you want. After all, different garden designs require different plants, landscaping and care. The following article will help you understand the different choices you have when developing your own Australian garden.
Native Garden Designs
Australian Native gardens are great if you are after something low maintenance. If you’re conscientious of the environment, you will also be pleased to know you can save a lot of watering with this choice of garden.
For example, the Acacia Calamifolia is an ornamental shrub with weeping branches with narrow leaves and yellow flowers. It’s useful to protect against the elements.
There is also the Banksia Praemorsa, which is adaptable to several well-drained soils. It can withstand most frosts, dry periods, high winds, and coastal environments.
Other common plants used in a native home garden are ‘Pin cushions’, succulents and banksias.
Floral Garden Designs
If you’re looking to fill your garden with lots of flowers, keep in mind that some have more nectar than others. Knowing which ones is important so that you can attract bees, and have them pollinate each flower. Specifically, you should consider buying such flowers from the daisy family, mints, rosemary, pineapple sage, lavender, basil, and any flower from the carrot family.
Keep in mind that bees are partial to blue, and yellow, flowers. So, getting them will attract more bees. Consequently, they will also attract other insects that can help your garden. Remember, certain insects will eliminate unwanted bugs, and other problems that can hurt your garden. So, consider all the facts before your purchase.
Minimalist Garden Designs
While some gardeners want to create a visual feast for the eyes, others may want to keep it simple. For those that want a no-frills garden, there is still plenty of plants to choose from. For example, the Tree Aloe will create an impact without being overbearing. They can tolerate droughts, but need to be kept in warm areas.
Of course, frangipani trees are great for a simple look that produces a tropically-scented bloom. They lose their leaves in the winter. However, their summer fragrance is worth it. Remember to keep them in a cool area or by a north-facing wall.
Birch trees are also perfect for the winter time. They are deciduous trees with silvery-white trunks that give off a holiday vibe. Remember to plant them in groups, and with a low ground cover to draw attention to their tree trunks.
Organic Garden Designs
However, if you’re going for a more natural setting, you may want to consider organic plants. But, keep the climate in mind:
- For the cooler climates, crops like tomatoes, sweet corn, potatoes, and cucumber
- If your area gets even colder, you should consider leafy greens such as silverbeet, beetroot, and carrots
- For warmer climates, you can also enjoy eggplant, basil, and sweet potatoes
- If you live in a dry climate, you can enjoy chili, pumpkin, and watermelon
Because some plants only thrive in certain climates, it is important to be mindful of the weather in your area. In Australia we face a lot of extreme temperatures so you need to know how to care for your organic plants. If you need more information on this topic you can find out more in our article > Tips or Tricks On How To Grow Organic Vegetables In Harsh Climates.
This information will come in handy in developing a bountiful crop for you, your friends, and family.
Tropical Garden Designs
For those that want to create a tropical garden, you also need to consider other things. The most important of these is mulch. It will enhance your soil, and will allow water to pass through it, which helps keeps your garden hydrated. It also helps to liven up your soil.
However, some tropical plants will require plenty of shade. Planting a tall leafy tree should do the trick. Anyway you can create a cooler area for your garden will help it prosper.
Finally, you’ll want to grow these tropical plants close together. The closer they are, the better they can moderate humidity and cool air. Their ability to create their own climate will allow them to live harmoniously.
No matter what type of Australian garden you want to create, this information should serve as a guide for any variety you choose. Knowing the design you want, and the requirements for that design will help you develop the garden of your dreams.