Australian garden designer Michael Cooke's house entry is framed by lush mixed plantings of Gymea lily (Doryanthes excelsa), grass trees (Xanthorrhoea spp), massed aloes (Aloe spp.) and more. Photographed by Daniel Shipp. via The Design Files

Australian garden designer Michael Cooke's house entry is framed by lush mixed plantings of Gymea lily (Doryanthes excelsa), grass trees (Xanthorrhoea spp), massed aloes (Aloe spp.) and more. Photographed by Daniel Shipp. via The Design Files

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Alexander palms and cordylines reach toward the canopy. Below, *Trachelospermum jasminoides* ‘Tricolor’, one of the hardiest groundcover plants, spills from its raised bed.

Alexander palms and cordylines reach toward the canopy. Below, *Trachelospermum jasminoides* ‘Tricolor’, one of the hardiest groundcover plants, spills from its raised bed.

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Michael Bates and Family — The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

Michael Bates and Family — The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

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With a remnant bushland backdrop, this Sam Cox-designed garden in Wattle Glen (Victoria, Australia), is a wonderful example of how traditional natives, indigenous plants and considered design create a sense of place.

With a remnant bushland backdrop, this Sam Cox-designed garden in Wattle Glen (Victoria, Australia), is a wonderful example of how traditional natives, indigenous plants and considered design create a sense of place.

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