Landscape Architecture Australia

Instant, low-maintenanc­e ground cover

As urban areas densify and housing lots become smaller, low-growing ground cover systems can offer impactful and time-saving alternativ­es to lawns.

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Plant Tiles Australia was founded by Franc and Jenny Coonan. The Coonans establishe­d Plant Tiles in response to both the changing needs of Australian homeowners and the nature of the backyards they maintain. As urban areas become more densely populated and housing lots become smaller, new bespoke garden ideas are needed. A growing number of time-poor gardeners desire a low-maintenanc­e lawn alternativ­e that will deliver instant results and maximize small outdoor areas.

No-mow Plant Tiles provide a lush system of low-growing ground covers, available in a range of flowering herbs or hardy perennial varieties. They deliver droughttol­erant green coverage instantly, with many varieties of species also edible.

Conceived as a green carpet tile in response to the demand for an impactful and time-saving solution, Plant Tiles helps homeowners to achieve instant garden makeover results.

Previously, establishi­ng a lawn substitute or a large area of ground cover was extremely time consuming and labour intensive. Gardeners had to individual­ly plant multitudes of small pots or plugs and then tend them for weeks while waiting months for the plants to slowly grow.

Plant Tiles are propagated and delivered in custom-designed 330mm x 330mm trays measuring 22mm deep. Each individual tile covers the same area as ten 100mm pots of ground cover plants.

The trays are filled with media and seeded with a selection of low-growing aromatic herbs or creeping perennials, such as Zoysia tenuifolia, Dichondra repens or native violets.

As the ground cover plants grow, the roots bind the media together so that the Plant Tiles can be removed from the tray and then laid on the prepared area. Being air pruned, the roots take to the prepared garden bed very quickly.

Research shows that proximity to nature is closely tied to good health, both mental and physical. While more Australian­s choose to live in smaller houses and apartments, they still value being surrounded by greenery and nature. The Coonans have acknowledg­ed this truth with their innovative Plant Tiles, the result of over 30 years’ experience in the gardening and turf industry – culminatin­g in them receiving Queensland and Australian Farm Inventors of the Year awards.

For more informatio­n about Plant Tiles, including plant selection, inspiratio­n and ideas, please visit planttiles.com.au.

For more informatio­n:

E imagine@planttiles.com.au

W planttiles.com.au

P 0418 797 047

 ?? ?? 01 01 — No-mow Plant Tiles provide a lush system of lowgrowing ground cover and are available in a wide variety of species. Photo: Supplied.
01 01 — No-mow Plant Tiles provide a lush system of lowgrowing ground cover and are available in a wide variety of species. Photo: Supplied.
 ?? ?? 02 02 — Each individual Plant Tile covers the same area as ten 100-millimetre pots of ground cover plants. Photo: Supplied.
02 02 — Each individual Plant Tile covers the same area as ten 100-millimetre pots of ground cover plants. Photo: Supplied.

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