1. Play with the foliage
Foliage of different shapes and textures can be created and styled in many ways, not just with color alone. Mix it with various combinations of foliage and experiment with deep purples and bright multi-colored golds.
2. Stay on top of maintenance
The pruning and shaping help provide formality and balance to a garden full of spectacular foliage combinations.
3. Experiment with color
Play around with eye-catching color combinations for different effects. For example, the soft purple leaves look gorgeous with gray striped foliage, and the small, round yellow leaves are a perfect contrast to the thin dark green sprigs of mondo grass.
4. Create the illusion of depth
Planting in layers can give the appearance of a more lush garden. Narrow beds can appear deep when foliage is selected for its varying height and bright colors are contrasted in rows.
5. Don’t forget the balcony
Ideal for balconies and patios, potted succulents provide maximum impact with minimum maintenance. Planters are another easy addition to any patio, and while you can buy ready-made boxes, it’s more fun to make your own. Better yet, you can fill them with bright flowers from your own garden.
6. Choose sturdy plants
A versatile choice, variegated pelargoniums are dense, drought tolerant, and thrive in pots as well as in flower beds. Grevilleas are another hardy plant with deeply divided leaves that are decorative in their own right. There are silvery, green, or tan foliage forms, and they come in a variety of heights and habits.
7. Plan your garden
Planning is crucial, so consider your space and plant in interesting models. Take your time – attention to detail from the early stages pays off the most.
8. Don’t be afraid to start over
If at first you are not successful, remove it and start over! If an area is tired or you don’t like it anymore, it’s time to remake it. As your taste changes, your garden should change as well.
9. Learn to propagate
Being able to propagate your plants will not only save you a fortune when mass planting new areas of your landscape, but will also help you add continuity.
10. Choose the plants you like
Each season, add a few plants that you really love, whether for their flowers, fruits or seasonal foliage. This way you will have something new to look forward to and enjoy in your landscape all year round.
11. Add native plants
Australian native plants are colorful and can be easily incorporated into any style of garden. So even in dry or coastal conditions, an interesting foliage garden can be easily achieved.
12. Do little maintenance
Reduce the need for weeding while providing crisp foliage, even at ground level, with low maintenance ground cover plants, such as lamium. For lush vegetation that requires little water, mass plant lomandras. They are hardy, clump-forming perennials, tolerant of dry conditions and coastal climates.
13. Soften the edges of the garden
Mix square terraces into curved gardens using clumping grasses and plants at the base to soften their harsh lines and straight edges.
14. Create a secret place
Include a special place in your outdoor space where you can enjoy all your hard work. It can be a place for entertainment or a quiet escape. And it can be stylish, like here, or a rustic bench in a quiet corner.
15. Add intrigue with a curved path
A suburban backyard can easily take on the appearance of a large country property with the help of serpentine garden borders and dense plantings that obscure the line of sight. Place a focal point towards the end of the garden path, right in sight, to encourage visitors to further explore your oasis.
16. Live mulch
Experiment with live mulches to reduce weeding and mulching. Combine succulents and perennial ground covers of all shapes, colors and sizes, and save hours pulling weeds!
17. Plant gum trees
Gum trees grow well in all parts of Australia and provide valuable protection for more delicate plants. Many gums have unique characteristics, such as lemon scented foliage, wavy bark, vibrant flowers or fascinating nuts like those of this Eucalyptus globulus.