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Westringia fruticosa used formally to create impact and to blend a water tank and pump into the landscape

Going Formal with Natives

Contrary to popular belief, native plants can be used to create spectacular results in formal gardens. Formal gardens are gardens with well-defined lines and strong structure. Plants are often used in geometric layout with the use of clipped and stylized plant forms such as hedges and topiary to define and link elements within the garden. Sculptures, […]

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Science Vs Myth, Ignorance & Prejudice.

When Science is Considered the Facts Remain. Last month I explained some of the science behind creating an effective windbreak and why one of the most popular species planted for windbreaks/hedges in the southern highlands is not a good choice when the science is considered. This article prompted community interest with the result being a […]

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Stopping that Wind

Recent gale force winds caused havoc to our lifestyles. They inflicted damage to infrastructure and many gardens.  Effective windbreaks can greatly reduce the impact of gale force winds. Having been a resident of the Southern Highlands for over thirty years I have become accustomed to the ferocity of winds experienced in our region. Traditionally they […]

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Banksia marginata bright used as an semi formal hedge

Selecting Hedges

Selecting the right hedge improves your lifestyle, enhances our environment and does not require excessive maintenance. Hedges provide many benefits such as privacy, wind protection, ornamental statements and flowers. Well-designed hedges and shelterbelts also provide valuable habitat and vegetation corridors for birds and native mammals. New homeowners eagerly seek plants for hedges and screens. Most […]

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