The modern Australian native garden truly is a modern innovation. Back in the late 60s and early 70s, native gardens took off in popularity, and people eagerly planted native plants straight from the bush. However, within a year or two, this resulted in people’s gardens becoming towering, twisted jungles, where you nearly needed a machete to get to the front door.
Fast forward to the present, modern native landscaping has harnessed the benefits of half a century of selective breeding. There is now a wide array of cultivated native plants to choose from, including many compact, low-growing, narrow, and even weeping varieties that have made their way into the market. Using these specially selected plant varieties makes it much easier to keep a sense of ordered form and style in a garden created with some or all native Australian plants.
For a medium-sized modern native garden, a selection of about 5 to 7 different plant types is ideal. This assortment would consist of 1 or 2 types of small trees, 1 to 3 types of low shrubs, 1 or 2 types of low grasses, and 1 to 4 groundcovers. Incorporate an interesting contrast of shapes, textures, and complimentary colours, to create a beautiful, low-maintenance, and hardy garden of Australian natives.
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