Paperbark, many Australian trees have bark like this - it helps to survive bush fires by insulating the living cambium below.

Paperbark, many Australian trees have bark like this - it helps to survive bush fires by insulating the living cambium below.

Would love a timber boardwalk/path through the front garden with some heavy metal mesh sections so plants grow underneath it too. Maybe replace some of the concrete pavers?

Would love a timber boardwalk/path through the front garden with some heavy metal mesh sections so plants grow underneath it too. Maybe replace some of the concrete pavers?

Rain gardens are designed to filter and divert rain runoff to keep waterways pollution-free. Just what I'd like to do in our front yard! (See our super gallery for how to create your own. | Illustration: Rodica Prato | thisoldhouse.com)

Using Rain Gardens to Keep Waterways Pollution-Free

Rain gardens are designed to filter and divert rain runoff to keep waterways pollution-free. Just what I'd like to do in our front yard! (See our super gallery for how to create your own. | Illustration: Rodica Prato | thisoldhouse.com)

Bioswales as seen in the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide. Click image for full information & guide, and visit the slowottawa.ca boards.

Bioswales as seen in the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide. Click image for full information & guide, and visit the slowottawa.ca boards.

A potted water feature on the front deck with planting and even a small fountain for movement would be pretty cool.

A potted water feature on the front deck with planting and even a small fountain for movement would be pretty cool.

Rain garden · Design Phillip Johnson, MIFGS 2012 · http://www.gardendrum.com/2012/09/10/make-a-rain-garden/#

Rain garden · Design Phillip Johnson, MIFGS 2012 · http://www.gardendrum.com/2012/09/10/make-a-rain-garden/#

Like this timber and plant combination. Similar concept for deck off front patio would be great. Even timber deck the current tiled patio!

Like this timber and plant combination. Similar concept for deck off front patio would be great. Even timber deck the current tiled patio!

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