A lot of time, money and energy goes into creating new gardens. And there is nothing worse than expending all of these and being disappointed in the end result. So here are a few handy tips to help you ensure that your new garden project looks awesome.
To start with, decide on the style or look that you want: e.g. a topical garden, a cottage garden, a succulents garden, or a native plant garden. To some degree, this will depend on the landscape and soil, your block, and the design of your house.
Next, select plants on the basis of colours. This includes not only the colour of their flowers or blossoms, but also the colour of their foliage. Having a particular colour theme can be incredibly effective. For example, all white and cream makes a stunning contrast to vibrant green foliage. A tropical mix can also look amazing.
Then, make sure you buy several of each plant. Plants in isolation look very sparse and almost a bit scrappy (unless of course it is a large statement type of plant). Generally, clumps of plants look far better.
If you are using one particular variety of plant as a hedging plant, obviously plants them out into a row. This certainly suits more formal styles of garden better.
Planting one of every type of plant that you like can end up looking like a dog's breakfast!
Mixing your colours can be incredibly effective. For example, white flowering May bush works really well with orange flowering clivias or streptosolens. Orange and white mix beautifully with green leaves.
For an extra splash of colour, think about adding vibrant blue agapanthus or velvety tibouchina for a real show stopper. A great tip is to check photos in landscaping or home renovation magazines to find the garden look that feels right for you.
Finally, (and arguably the most important point), always make sure you use the best possible quality garden soil to plant into. For example, our premium blend garden soil will help to give your new plantings the absolute best chance to thrive.
Once some of this water subsides, you might be in the market for some pavers or steppers to create walkways, outdoor living zones or definition around your home.
We have a new range of beautiful, natural stone steppers and pavers in the yard that can provide a practical and timeless solution where you want to create walkways, or create definition or hard outdoor living areas around your garden.
We’ve had some much needed rain, and it is a very good time to get in to those garden beds, pull out the weeds, and top up the beds with a nice thick blanket of mulch. There are lots of different mulches to choose from and we have put together a quick run down of our top 5 tree mulches to give you an idea of some of what types of applications they suit best.