5 Simple Planting Themes

1.  Tropical or sub-tropical  

  • Good palms are Golden Cane, Bangalow Palms.
  • Other tropicals are Hibiscus, Tahitian Frangipani, Strelitzea
  • Avoid fruit-bearing palms which attract fruit bats and rats and drop nuts and fronds into your garden

2.  Formal                             

  • Geometric layout
  • pathways bordered with clipped hedges
  • use of feature ‘focal point’ (a tree, sculpture or well-placed rock)

3.  Informal                           

  • Random planting 
  • mass planting of plant varieties to accentuate a topographical feature e.g. lomandra or grevillea ‘Poorinda Royal Mantle’ 

4. Australian or Exotic Varieties

  • create screen planting using Australian wattles and grevilleas
  • plant exotics like Japanese Maple for a feature position but Australian natives and sun-hardened varieties are best, e.g. Poinciana, Leopard Tree, but most trees look special if they’re planted in a feature position

5. Country Cottage  

  • Hydrangeas, agapanthus, climbing rose
  • Plant low to high to give a good view of all varieties
  • Carefully consider colour theme


Evergreen or Deciduous Trees

  • plant deciduous trees to the west and north-west for shade in summer and sun in winter
  • plant evergreens where you want continual shade, protection from wind or privacy 

5 Ways to Protect your Garden on Hot Days

When the mercury is heading to 40 degrees the best intentions can have the worst results, but knowing a few simple things will protect your beautiful garden from the unforgiving Australian heat.

  1. Water early morning or late afternoon
  2. Mulch around base of plant to keep soil cool and moist
  3. If a plant is really suffering, erect a shade-cloth cover
  4. Thoughtful planting: Australian natives or sun-hardened varieties; consider plant position in relation to existing shade/sun movement
  5. If all of the above fail, consider selling up and moving to Tasmania