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Favourite Landscaping Styles in Australia

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Favourite Landscaping Styles in Australia

By Scott Shaw | July 30th, 2017

Residential landscape design projects are nearly always based on the style of the home, personal and family needs, the geographic area and the personality of the owner. Whilst there are many different landscape design styles, there are two that tend to be more popular than others in Australia.

The first is the Bali inspired garden.

With Bali being in close proximity to Western Australia and a favourite place to visit for many Australians, it’s no surprise that so many people want to recreate that holiday feeling in their back yard.

The Bali inspired garden theme gets a lot of its atmosphere from the plants used to create it. The plants generally have much larger leaves and flowering plants with intense bright colour. Thick foliage placed toward the back of planting beds creates a dense tropical atmosphere.

Palm trees, Cordylines, Crotons and Ginger plants are all seen in Bali and are plants that people love to use in their gardens in Australia. This Bali design style is fast becoming one of the most popular themes used in many parts of the world.

The other garden theme that is extremely popular in Australia is the cottage garden.

The call of a cottage garden filled with a profusion of flowers and smelling of roses, dianthus, lilacs, primroses and violets is loved by many. It’s a distinct style that uses informal design, traditional materials, dense plantings, and a mixture of ornamental and edible plants. It depends on grace and charm rather than grandeur and formal structure.

The original cottage gardens were planted by British laborers who had little land and no time for flowers. They simply needed food for their family so they planted vegetables, herbs and fruit interspersed with a few flowers to ward off bugs.

Today cottage gardens typically have garden beds packed tight with a wide variety of flowering plants. This informal crowding is a signature feature and the mix of perennial and annual flowers with vegetable and foliage plants, twining around each other and competing for attention, is what makes a cottage garden so appealing. Traditional roses, with their full fragrance and lush foliage, continue to be a cottage-garden mainstay, along with modern disease-resistant varieties that retain traditional attributes.

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