Australian Native Gardens – planning makes perfect downunder

Planning your Australian Native Garden

Designing a garden can be tricky for a range of reasons, but when considering finding the right balance between a beautiful outdoor space, a sustainable oasis and aesthetics that meet the needs of Australian native garden design; you might be feeling a little overwhelmed.

A native garden will not only look stunning and remain true to the natural appearance of the surrounding landscape, it will also work to attract native animals, birds and insects, too. Acting as a diverse space to promote local habitats and implement water management (which can be extremely important in some areas), you could enjoy a practical, yet stunning native garden in next to no time with the right tools at your disposal.

Planning your garden

A plan can be one of the most practical elements of the design process and creating one for your garden can be as easy as drawing a simple bubble design, or as in-depth as constructing a detailed record – complete with plant-types, their functions and where they will be situated for maximum effect.

If you are unsure of where to start, it may be a good idea to simply put pencil to paper. A bubble design consists of a range of rounded markers (or oddly shaped bubbles) that will depict where you would like to position certain plants. Consider more generalised areas; such as flower beds and trees (and possibly their canopy ranges) as well as any focal plants that you may want to show off.

Once you have completed a rough sketch, it’s likely that a design will be forming, giving you a strong foundation to work from. From here you can begin to build a more detailed plan, by adding additional information such as plant names and potential colour schemes.

Avoiding unnecessary mistakes with your Australian native garden

When it comes to native garden design in particular, you may find it easier to take a look at natural outdoor spaces in your area and to consult a professional gardener or botanist to ensure that you are heading in the right direction.

It’s no secret that mistakes made during the panning phase are far simpler to rectify than those made during planting, so when you have a plan drawn up; it should be easier to identify issues that may arise once the plants are chosen.

It may be worth paying attention to:

The simplicity of planting areas; keeping it simple and not too fussy can be beneficial

Sight-lines; the straighter and more defined lines are when used in planting (especially in a native garden), the more formal they tend to appear. This can detract from a more natural-looking landscape.

Chose the right plants for your space; if you are using plants to frame specific areas of your garden, be sure that they lead the eye, opt for smaller plants to enhance views that larger plants could potentially dominate and consider the estimated sizes of fully-grown plants (especially when planting near windows and walkways).

All of these factors can help you to compile a plan that will cater to your specific needs, while highlighting potential pitfalls before you break-ground.

Australian Native Gardens – how to plan