Spring Garden Ideas

Planning Your Spring Garden
Outdoor spaces don’t need complex landscaping to be enjoyed. Sometimes the most simple design is the easiest to execute and the easiest to maintain. 

By layering the garden you include some taller growing options towards the back of the space, tapering down to small growing border plants in the front. This creates the sense of more space, and is a great technique to help with screening as the eye is drawn into the garden and not next door into the neighbour’s yard. Just make sure to keep your plant species grouped together by their requirements.

Syzygium Resilience with Camellia sasanqua in front and a mass of flowering salvia for a cottage style feel.
Radermachera ‘Summerscent’ with Ixora species and a border of native Lomandra ‘Verday’ for a lush tropical effect 

It doesn’t have to be a formal hedge, but making large groups of a singular planting tends to be neater, as well as being less maintenance. With flowering plants it means a more impressive display when it comes time to flower, and with foliage plants, it can mean a great contrast against a wall or against another backdrop.

For mass planting consider:
Loropetalum ‘Plum Gorgeous’ (height to 1.5m)
Rhapiolepis ‘Snow Maiden’ (height to 1m)
Euphorbia White Sparkle (height to 50cm)
Alternanthera ‘Little Ruby’ (height to 50cm)
Evolulous ‘Blue my Mind’ (ground cover spreading to 3/4 metre)

Grouping flowering plants means a more impressive display.

Often underused in landscape situations, but a pot is a great way to add to instant impact to a space. Don’t hesitate to use large pots in a small space. You may only need 1 or 2 of them, but it enables you to have a constant feature in a small space. The larger the pot, the easier it is to plant out, and look after. With the incredible range of lightweight pots, in a variety of colours and finish, there really is a pot to suit every space.

Instant impact is achieved with the use of pots in a small courtyard space. Landscape and photos from Livingstyle Co.
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