One of the first things to consider when designing a garden is the local climate. This crucial factor massively influences what work you’ll undertake and what plants/flowers you’ll look to grow.
The climate of Sydney is temperate to sub-tropical, meaning we usually get warm summers and mild winters, with rainfall spread throughout the year.
As a result of this mild climate, Sydney gardens often feature outdoor areas that lend themselves perfectly to entertaining. Large decks, patios, pergolas and paved areas are all common sights in Sydney gardens.
Many Sydney gardens also feature swimming pools and water features. The former provide a great way to cool off during the warmer summer months, while the latter provide visual and aural relaxation all year round.
[Related reading: 5 benefits of landscape water features]
Native plants for Sydney gardens
The City of Sydney’s native plant list is a fantastic resource for understanding what species are likely to grow well here.
Here are five we recommend:
- Kangaroo Grass
- Willow Bottlebrush
- Gymea Lilly
Use natural groupings and put plants that like similar conditions together. This will not only increase your chances of successfully growing everything you want, but will also give your overall look a bit of variety.
Natural stone is often used in Sydney gardens. Its hard-wearing nature coupled with its aesthetic appeal makes it a great material to work with. Consider using sandstone, for example, for paths, stepping stones and/or stone walls. Likewise, crushed granite is an excellent material to spread on pathways and gives them a much softer appearance.
Of course, it goes without saying that you can create a beautiful garden that serves a number of purposes using your own imagination and hard work. However, if you are struggling for ideas or simply don’t know where to start when it comes to landscaping, get in contact with us today.