In this weeks blog you will find some simple, practical examples of how you can apply the design principles outlined in last weeks blog, to some typical garden styles....
The hills of Western Australia generally provide excellent conditions to grow gardens. The conditions allow for a wide range of plants to be grown successfully.
As a result, hills gardens often display great diversity and layers of vegetation. Many gardens are located adjacent to national parks and native forests that are highly flammable. The local site and context should be taken into careful consideration with each design.
Strong seasonal winds, coupled with salt can make establishing and maintain a coastal garden particularly challenging. Along with sandy soils with poor water and nutrient retention, the addition of organic matter and mulches is critical to garden success. Creating microclimates is the key to a successful coastal garden, by providing shelter and screening to maximise these problems.
Recently, severe fires have moved beyond the rural fringe and into our suburbs, especially as many of our new suburbs are creeping into the outskirts of the city.
The planning principles from last weeks blog, should be followed as closely as possible, given the limited suburban space you may have.
Many rural gardens are on large farming properties and the house and garden location should be considered carefully, along with the placement of other structures, elements and services.
Paddocks surrounding a house can quickly dry out over summer causing fire to spread rapidly. The defendable space around the house is the most critical component, along with good planting and design strategies.
In next weeks blog we will look at what plants you can put in your garden that will reduce the chance of ignition, or lower the intensity of the blaze.