If you visit the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, Victoria, you will be truly inspired to see the gorgeous landscaping made with native plants. If you have underestimated natives, all your prejudices about them will disappear.
Image Courtesy: amico.com.au
You will realize how easily the natives can convert your yard into a lovely garden. When there is such a vast variety of flora in Australia, why can’t we create a fabulous native Australian garden in our yard? We surely can! Here are some tips.
1. Play with Colours
Boring bush gardens are seen everywhere with gangly, bitty, dull grey, sparse foliage. Why not have colours? You can’t deny that colours can add life to any garden. You can achieve colours with flowers as well as plants. Here are two broad approaches.
If you live in a city, there are high chances that most of your neighbours have viburnums, magnolias and other intense greens. Experts at Amico suggest that it’s always best to be in coordination with your streetscape if possible.
Aim at having the best garden in the locale, no problem! But your garden should complement your surrounding so as to have a sense of being in place. You would like to sit in a relaxed way in its environment.
A way to accomplish this is by using natives with tones resembling exotics. Introducing a variety is okay, but keep the colour palette along the lines of that of your neighbours. The best option is to have a base of bright green, with the top layer of colours of your choice.
ii. Silvers, Coppers, Bronzes
If you are fortunate enough to live near a wooded area, bring that natural landscape to your yard. Observe which colours are prominent. You may find metallic colour themes, caramel tones or white barks. Look keenly and you can find several shades.
Pick out three or four shades and repeat them as frequently as possible. Choose plants, flowers, foliage, berry, bark, seehead and stem colour.
Any number of shades of green can be added as long as you repeat the ‘highlight’ colours frequently enough. For your garden, those prominent colours should really pop out; so, focus on them as much as you can.
2. Contrast Texture and Form
Other factors, as important as colours, are texture and form; but here contrast is important. A garden full of small-leaved, non-descript, 1.5m native bushes can never capture the imagination.
Just like in exotic gardens, you should create a range of complementary mixes; mounds with vertical spikes, ovate with strappy, wide with narrow, glossy with furry and smooth with rough. Human eyes are attracted to contrasts.
Even you can use pruning to create contrasts. For example, tightly pruned mounds look fantastic adjacent to large leaves, vertical foliage and more open forms.
Image Courtesy: amico.com.au
3. Healthy and Solid
If you have only a few plants, packing them tightly together in a small area is preferable rather than spreading them over a larger one. Amico – landscape gardeners Bondi, Sydney, say that a full garden bed always looks alive, vibrant and generous.
Such a bed highlights colours and contrasts. Take care of your planting well without worrying about whether you need larger spaces for gravel or lawn. And the overall effect will create a much higher impact.
Also, fewer plants grouped together will also be easy to manage. A garden is made with healthy plants. Healthy plants are grown with sufficient water and nutrients, regular pruning and most importantly climate and conditions that are favourable for their thriving.
A few, tightly planted, healthy plants beat dotted about, straggly plants irrespective of their number. You just have to ensure to keep sufficient growing room while planting.
Create a native Australian garden with these tips and be a proud homeowner.