17 expert landscaping tips for any garden
1. Play around with leaves
Foliage of various shapes and textures can be created and styled in a number of ways, not just paint alone. Mix it up with different combinations of foliage and experiment with deep purples and vibrant multicolored golds.
2. Keep track of maintenance
The pruning and shaping add formality and balance to a garden full of dramatic combinations of foliage.
3. Experiment with color
Play around with eye-catching color combinations for different effects. For example, soft purple leaves with gray foliage look beautiful, and small round yellow leaves contrast perfectly with the fine dark green leaves of moon grass.
4. Create the illusion of depth
Planting in layers can give the look of a more lush garden. Narrow beds can appear deep if the foliage is selected for their different heights and bold colors are contrasted in rows.
5. Don’t forget the balcony
Potted succulents are ideal for balconies and patios and offer maximum impact with minimal maintenance. Window boxes are another easy addition to any patio, and while you can buy ready-made boxes, making your own is more fun. Best of all, you can fill them with bright flowers from your own garden.
6. Choose sturdy plants
Colorful geraniums are a versatile choice. They are dense, drought tolerant, and grow just as well in pots as they do in garden beds. Grevilleas are another hardy plant with deeply divided leaves that are decorative on their own. There are shapes with silver, green, or bronzed foliage, and they come in a variety of heights and habits.
7. Plan your garden
Planning is crucial, so look at your space and facility in interesting patterns. Take your time – attention to detail in the early stages pays off the most.
8. Don’t be afraid to start over
If at first you don’t succeed, pull it out and start again! When an area is tired or you no longer love it, it’s time for a revamp. If your tastes change, so should your garden.
9. Learn to spread
Being able to propagate your crops not only saves you a fortune planting new areas of your landscape en masse, but you also add continuity.
10. Pick plants that you love
Add a few plants that you really love each season of the year, be it for their flowers, fruits, or seasonal leaves. This way you can look forward to something new all year round and enjoy it in your landscape.
11. Add native plants
Australian native plants are colorful and can be easily integrated into any garden style. In this way, an interesting deciduous garden can be created without any problems even in dry or coastal conditions.
12. Go low-maintenance
Reduce the need for weeds and ensure flawless foliage, even close to the ground, with easy-care ground cover plants such as lamium. For lush greenery that requires little water, plant plant-based lomandras. They are robust, cluster-forming perennials, tolerant of dry conditions and coastal climates.
13. Soften the edges of the garden
Mix square decks into curved gardens by using grasses and clump plants at the base to soften their harsh lines and straight edges.
14. Create a secret place
Include a special place in your outdoor space where you can enjoy all of your hard work. It can be a place for entertainment or a quiet escape. And it can be elegant, like here, or a rustic bench in a quiet corner.
15. Add intrigue with a curved path
A suburban backyard can easily take on the appearance of a large country estate with the help of serpentine garden edges and dense planting that obscures the line of sight. Position a focal point at the end of the garden path to entice visitors to explore your oasis further.
16. Live mulches
Experiment with live mulches to reduce weeds and mulches. Combine succulents and perennial ground covers of all shapes, colors and sizes and save yourself hours of weeding!
17. Plant rubber trees
Rubber trees grow well in all regions of Australia and offer valuable protection for more sensitive plants. Many types of gums have unique properties such as lemon-scented leaves, unadorned bark, lively flowers or fascinating nuts such as this eucalyptus globulus.