Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Contemporary garden

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This garden style combines features to create a low maintenance garden that is perfect for courtyards and city living:

  • bold colours
  • hardy striking plants
  • hard surfaces

'It’s easy to create a garden with year round interest by using plants with different coloured and textured foliage.' (Kristy Mayhew - Garden Designer)

Ground covers and Australian grasses provide colourful, interesting low-maintenance alternatives to common lawns. Sagina, Blue Fescue and Native Violet are examples of these.

Mulch is an essential component of any garden, helping to prevent weed growth and water loss. Mulches range from the traditional pine bark and straw to the contemporary look of striking pebbles and coloured granite.

'I always find using mulches and groundcovers helps to retain moisture in the soil which means you don’t have to water as often.' (Kristy Mayhew - Garden Designer)

Plant List:

  • Yucca elaphantipes (Giant Yukkka)
  • Pennisteum selaceum ‘Rubrum’ (Purple Fountain Grass)
  • Festuca glauca (Blue Fescue)
  • Agave attenuata (Agave)
  • Echinocactus grusonii (Golden Barrel Cactus)
  • Dianella revoluta ‘Little Rev’ (Dwarf Flax Lily)
  • Cordyline australis ‘Red Sensation’ (Cabbage Tree)
  • Imperata cylindrica (Japanese Blood Grass)
  • Sansevieria trifasciata species (Mother in Law's Tongue)
  • Echeveria ‘Black Prince’ & ‘Black Knight’
  • Kalanchoe thyrsiflora ‘Flap Jacks’ (Flap Jacks)
  • Chamamelum nobile (Chammomile)
  • Viola hederacea (Native Violet)
  • Phroium sp.
  • Sagina aurea

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