Sustainability is more than a trend; it is a lifestyle movement. From local businesses to family homes – everyone is following an eco-friendly path. Here’s how you can design a sustainable home garden.

What makes a sustainable garden?

A sustainable garden is self-sustaining one, designed for the long-term with minimal upkeep, and that uses minimal resources to stay beautiful. Recycling is vital for sustainable gardening, with everything from landscape materials, water and green waste playing a part. Using locally-sourced plants means they are more likely to thrive in the natural climate. Finally, minimising reliance on chemicals to treat and fertilise plants is ideal for protecting our environment.

Design features for a sustainable garden

There are hundreds of ways to incorporate sustainability into your garden; here are our top five.

  1. Tree canopies

Creating a canopy of trees that provide shade in the summer and protects you from harsh winds in the winter helps with a year-round garden. It also helps to protect delicate plants from harsh weather, keeping them safe and healthy.

  1. Natural rocks

Natural rocks like limestone or bluestone have as much aesthetic appeal as grass with less maintenance required. Some landscape designers source these from recycled and reclaimed materials adding to their sustainable edge.

  1. Mixed plant varieties

Plants that are not native to Australia can require more resources to maintain. Mixing your plant varieties with natives and non-natives can ensure you have a stunning display of colour and beauty but also require low effort to maintain them.

  1. The importance of plant placement

Where a plant’s located is as important as what type of plant it is—planting flowers and greenery where they are likely to thrive means less effort for it to grow. Check whether a plant needs high or low levels of light and water before choosing where it is located in your garden.

  1. Function over aesthetics

Many of us consider gardens as a place for beauty and relaxation, and they are. But they are also functional spaces for food and herbs. Incorporating edible plants, herb gardens, or fruit trees in your design will create a stunning yet practical space. Growing your produce at home can fill the garden while also filling your dinner table with fresh, colourful and healthy meals.

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