Landscape designer Alan Fisher says, "Water-wise gardening doesn't mean you have to plant only natives. There's a huge list of world-wide plants you can use to spectacular effect." For more practical gardening advice, see our feature 75 Gardening Ideas (Page 135, Australian House & Garden, May 2013)
Beautiful coastal gardens can be created with attractive, salt and drought tolerant plants. Here we have planted Echiums, olives and native Australian grasses. For more garden ideas and inspiration see: http://www.diggers.com.au/about-us/garden-ideas.aspx
Visit Victoria’s iconic Lambley Nursery this spring to explore Australia’s leading dry-climate plant nursery. Set around an old farmhouse in the hot dry windswept plains of the central Victorian Goldfields, Lambley Nursery specialises in plants with minimal irrigation needs and propagates and grows all of their own plants from mother stock that they have grown in the garden or in their trial beds.
I do love colour. This grove in the north east ‘goes off’ in spring with Grevillea ‘Moonlight’, Chamelaucium uncinatum ‘CWA Pink’, Anigozanthos ‘Bush Pizazz’, Grevillea ‘Jennifer Joy’, Callistemon spp. and Leptospermum ‘Cardwell’
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