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Garden Tips to create a healthy, beautiful garden
IT’S that time of year when gardens come alive. Here are some ideas in landscaping de sign and gardening trends to consider when tackling the pursuit of cr eating y our beautiful g arden. Plant indig enous tr ees It seems obvious, but you will be surprised how many people s till go f or thir sty e xotics ins tead of beautiful local tr ees.
Even if y ou can onl y plant one local tr ee, do so now. It is going to grow into a grand centrepiece and f ocal point f or your garden. In y ears to c ome it will be import ant t o have your tr ee professionally trimmed on an annual b asis and it will become the comforting shelter under which your children play and the dappled canopy under which you entertain your guests. Great local trees to consider are white stinkwood, acacia or sweet thorn, wild oli ve, fever and y ellowwood tr ees. Grow some gr ass Think t all gr asses, untid y gr asses — landscape your g arden using diff erent kinds of long and short gr asses t o cr eate a t exture and c olour. Your home ’s e xtension Your garden is an extension of your home — treat it lik e another r oom.
So in addition to the plants and trees, consider how to decorate and accessorise your garden. A feature wall painted in an e vocative c olour and even mirrors can add another dimension to your garden.
Colour will al ways be popular , but c onsider that a gr een and w hite g arden, ag ainst neutr al structures in stone and grey and with the natural tones of w ood and b ark, makes for a fr esh and peaceful mood.