Gardening in the 21st Century

highlife-december-2016For many years Wariapendi has been in conflict with the traditional Southern Highlands gardener who believes that Leylandii Pines, Photinia hedges and Manchurian Pears are the Mecca when it comes to gardens. In our eyes this is what we call “that 70’s look” and it should be left behind. We firmly believe they should have a good look around and dispel the bias they have against using native plants in their gardens.

Whenever we take on a new client in Bowral/Burradoo they are often confronted with prejudice and bias when their friends find out they are establishing a native garden. Comments are received such as “Native plants only live for 6 years and you will have to replace your garden”, “Native plants are woody”, “Native plants do not blend with exotics”, “Why don’t you plants Leylandii Pines?”, “Native plants don’t lend themselves to creating formal gardens” and the list goes on…

Unfortunately what many of these traditional gardeners do not realise is that many of their favoured plants are now classified as environmental weeds or have the potential to become one. Environmental weeds pose a serious threat to our natural environment. Unfortunately many nurseries and landscapers still promote and rely upon them when creating the traditional Southern Highlands landscape. Here is a list of the Southern Highlands environmental weeds.

In todays rapidly changing world we are faced with increased demands on our time and resources. These demands increase our levels of stress and anxiety. Keeping up with the Jones’ appears to be the focus rather than enjoying the simple pleasures to be found in our own backyard.

Gardens provide an opportunity to escape from the pressures of modern life. Communion with nature brings many benefits. Our homes and their surrounds should be our retreat that replenishes the soul and allows us to recharge our energy in order to face another day in the outside world.

Creating sustainable gardens allow us to enjoy the benefits of the natural world. Many of our clients appreciate the low water requirements, the ease of maintenance, and the abundance of birds and wildlife that native gardens attract and provide.

There is no need to be a slave to your garden. Escape the time warp and enjoy life the Australian way.