17 expert landscaping tips for any garden

1. Play with foliage

Foliage in different shapes and textures can be created and styled in many ways, not just with color alone. Mix it with various foliage combinations and experiment with deep purples and bright multicolored golds.

2. Stay in control of maintenance

Pruning and shaping help bring formality and balance to a garden full of spectacular foliage combinations.

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3. Experiment with color

Play with eye-catching color combinations for different effects. For example, the soft purple leaves look beautiful with strappy gray foliage, and the small, round yellow leaves contrast perfectly with the thin, dark green blades of the mondo grass.

4. Create the illusion of depth

Planting in layers can give the appearance of a lusher garden. Narrow flower beds can appear deep when foliage is selected for its varying height and bright colors are contrasted in rows.

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5. Don’t forget the balcony

Ideal for balconies and patios, potted succulents offer maximum impact with minimal maintenance. DIY planters are another easy addition to any patio, and while you can buy ready-made boxes, it’s more fun to make your own. Even better, you can fill them with bright flowers from your own garden.

6. Choose hardy plants

A versatile choice, variegated pelargoniums are dense, drought tolerant and grow just as well in pots as in garden beds. Grevilleas are another hardy plant with deeply divided leaves that are decorative in their own right. There are silver, green, or bronze foliage forms, and they come in a variety of heights and habits.


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7. Plan your garden

Planning is crucial, so consider your space and plant in interesting patterns. Take your time – attention to detail in the early stages pays the biggest dividends.

8. Don’t be afraid to start over

If at first you don’t succeed, take it out and start again! If an area is tired or you just don’t like it anymore, it’s time to give it a makeover. As your tastes change, so should your garden.


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9. Learn to propagate

Being able to propagate your plants will not only save you a fortune when mass planting new areas of your landscape, but will also help you add continuity.

10. Choose plants you like

Each season, add a few plants that you really love, whether for their seasonal flowers, fruits, or foliage. That way, you’ll have something new to look forward to and enjoy in your landscape all year round.


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11. Add Native Plants

Australia’s native plants are colorful and fits easily into any garden style. So even in dry or coastal conditions, an interesting foliage garden can be easily achieved.

12. Opt for low maintenance

Reduce the need for weeding while providing crisp foliage, even at ground level, with low-maintenance ground covers like lamium. For lush greenery that requires little water, mass plant lomandras. They are hardy, clump-forming perennials, tolerant of dry conditions and coastal climates.


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13. Soften the edges of the garden

Blend square terraces into curved gardens using grasses and clumping 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 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.

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15. Add intrigue with a curved path

A suburban backyard can easily take on the appearance of a grand estate with the help of serpentine garden borders and dense plantings that obscure the line of sight. Place a focal point near the end of the garden path, right in view, to entice visitors to further explore your oasis.

16. Living Mulches

Experiment with living mulches to reduce weeding and watering. Combine succulents and perennial ground covers of all shapes, colors and sizes, and save hours of weed-pulling!


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17. Plant gum trees

Gum trees grow well in all parts of Australia and provide valuable protection for more delicate plants. Many gummies have unique characteristics, such as lemon-scented foliage, wavy bark, vibrant flowers, or fascinating nuts like those of this Eucalyptus globulus.

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