Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Formal garden

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Common elements of this garden style include:

  • symmetrical structure
  • geometric design
  • repetition
  • focal features such as urns or fountains

Hedges can be used to create intimate garden areas. Westringia is an Australian shrub that is less water intensive than most traditional hedging plants.

'I love using Australian Plants in formal style gardens. They provide a great alternative to traditional exotic plants and are often more suited to our soils and climatic conditions in Australia.' (Kristy Mayhew - Garden Designer)

Use of herbs and other aromatic plants will enhance your garden’s feeling of tranquillity.

Roses require less than water than you might think. Try using Australian cultivars and incorporate water crystals in the soil at the time of planting.

'A piece of garden art, like an urn, can add dimension and provide the finishing touch to any garden'. (Kristy Mayhew - Garden Designer)

Plant list:

  • Westringia fruiticosa (Coastal Rosemary)
  • Murraya paniculata ‘min-a-min’ (Orange Jessemine)
  • Convolvulus cneorum (Convolvulus)
  • Olea europaea ‘Paragon’ (Olive)
  • Rosa Delbard ‘Henri Matisse’ (Hybrid Tea Rose)
  • Rosa Delbard ‘Citron Fraisse’ (Hybrid Rose)
  • Petroselinum crispum (Curly Parsley)
  • Salvia officinalis (Common Sage)
  • Rosmarinus officinalis (Common Rosemary)

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