Setting up a native garden (part 1)

Posted on: May 1, 2008

This is not what our garden looks like just yet but these are the plants we have put in the ground. One day it will be flourishing with these goodies.

(By the way, it’s not 100% native – there is a mixture of mostly native and indigenous plants but a couple of exotics as well).


Chinese Star Jasmine (not native but will smell divine!)
Chinese Star Jasmine

Hardenbergia Violacea (or Happy Wanderer)
Hardenbergia Violacea


Chrysocephalum Apiculatum
Chrysocephalumm Apiculatum

Dampiera Stricta
Dampiera Stricta


Correa Glabra
Correa Glabra

Correa Alba
Correa Alba

Correa Fat Red
Correa Fat Fred

Anigozanthos (Kangaroo Paws) – both yellow ‘bush gem’ and red ‘bush embers’
Kangaroo Paws

Miscanthus ‘James Quinn’
Miscanthus James Quinn

Poa Ensiformis
Poa Ensiformis

Poa Labillardieri
Poa Labillardieri


Huegelii ‘West Coast Gem’ (Native Hibiscus)
Native Hibiscus

Eremophila Nivea
Eremophila Nivea

Heliotrope ‘Lord Roberts’ (not native)
Heliotrope Lord Roberts

Senna Artemisiodes
Senna Artemisiodes

Miscanthus Sarabande (not native)
Miscanthus Sarabande

Euky Dwarf
Euky Dwarf

As mentioned in an earlier post, we have enlisted the help of a ‘Gardening Mentor’ Diana Cotter through Bulleen Art And Garden to help design and get our garden up and running. Yes, I am a complete nerd but who cares, it’s been totally worth it! Afterall, we have a beautiful brand new home that doesn’t need a single thing done to it, so we wanted to get a nice garden up and running asap to compliment it. Plus, this way we get the best of both worlds – having someone who is an actual trained horticulturalist with numerous years experience both here and in the UK as a landscaper, helping us create our garden and we still get to feel like we’ve done it ourselves!

We’d already done some of our homework – figuring out the sun path and where was getting full sun at what times of day etc, where was getting shade. We knew we wanted to use sustainable gardening principles to create a garden that combined a veggie patch with an established, colourful and waterwise native garden that wouldn’t need too much work as well.

Diana showed us some photos of gardens she has designed to get a feel for what kind of look and colour scheme we liked – type of plants, colours, foliage, design style etc..

We knew we wanted a gently curving path from our sliding door down to the end of the garden so we marked that out with a hose and made it come to a wider circle at the end. It won’t be large enough to fit a small table and chairs but we intend to build a little ‘sitting wall’ so we can enjoy our garden from the other end as well eventually.

Then Diana started walking through the space, planning what plants could go where, explaining how tall and wide which plants would get. I learnt so much in just an hour and a half – about how to make a big impact in a small space by thinking about different heights of plants, using climbers, trees, large shrubs, small shrubs and ground covering. Also thinking about espaliering fruit trees against the house. How to use star pickets and wire to create a dense screen for a climber against a fence without damaging the fence. Diana was shooting our latin names of plants and I frantically scribbled it all down on a photocopied map of our house & garden, praying I could read my scrawl later!


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