I have been a ‘little’ bit obsessed with plants and landscaping recently  – something that becomes quite obvious when you see all my pictures on pinterest!

We are very keen to create a waterwise and bird attracting garden that will look lush, provide privacy and be easy for us to maintain.  We are hoping to use a combination of native, Mediterranean and other plants to achieve this. The location of our block (150m) from the Indian Ocean with strong sea breezes, very hot dry summers and sandy soils restricts us somewhat in our selection!

Deb house plan 002
Block plan
Deb landscaping Sw 001

(Sorry about the late night coffee/wine stains but this was the only copy I could find!)


Our garden wish list –

Plants to provide privacy

Mature trees

Bird attracting and water wise plants

‘Real’ grass

Herb & veggie beds

Lemon tree (s)

Water feature

Small courtyard outside main bedroom and next to the pool

Lawn (real)


File:UCB Agapanthus habit.JPG

Lemon tree (Eureka or Meyer)

Eureka Lemon photo 1

Pool Area

Rendered raised garden beds with –


Strelitzia Reginae (Bird of Paradise)

Buy Strelitzia reginae Strelitzia reginae online UK


File:Clivia miniata1.jpg

Eastern side – A lawn area with a  deciduous tree?

Gleditsia Sunburst

Eastern boundary fence – rendered raised bed

Syzigium or Murraya paniculata   grown as a hedge to screen fence and privacy


Chinese Star Jasmine creeper on steel espalier wire outside glass kitchen window

 Front courtyard

We will have a water feature (still to be decided) and a mix of native bird attracting plants

Modern wok fountain


Westringia (Native rosemary )

BLUE GEM™ Westringia 'WES03'

Anigozanthos (Kangaroo paws)

Callistemon (Bottlebrush)

Callistemon Betka Beauty (4)

Front beds

Dianella Tasmanica

Society Garlic (Tulbaghia)

Society Garlic

There will be a large bed near the front entrance with a specimen tree (Magnolia Teddy Bear or Frangipani)

Frangipani (Plumeria)
Magnolia Teddy Bear

Front Verge

Magnolia Kay Parris]

Magnolia Kay Parris photo 1

Carpobrotus glaucescens (pigs face)


Dianella Casa Blue

CASSA BLUE® Dianella caerulea 'DBB03' PBR

It is proving a  challenge to find someone to do the job – this is something we never envisaged but I can only assume that landscapers are being kept as busy as brickies in Perth at the moment!

Some beautiful books to inspire you by local Perth landscape designers ……..

12_Gardens_cover_grande – Jenny & Neil Delmage


I am quite sure there will be more to add to the landscaping notes as we move forward.

PS Our pool hole was being dug today – I’m getting excited!

2014-11-04 07.02.35


5 comments on “Landscaping

  1. Love it! I especially love that first inspirational pic, I have it pinned too! The plan looks great, you’re going to get a ton of enjoyment out of it.
    I can attest to the hardiness of the strelizia. I had some at my old place and didn’t water them for over a year and they were fine!
    The gleditzia looks nice, I don’t think I’ve come across it before so will have to look it up.

  2. Thanks Trixee – I am sure I will be changing my mind several times on plant selection before we plant!
    Did the strelitzia get very big?
    The gleditsia is very pretty and I believe pretty hardy – a good deciduous tree for our Perth climate and sandy soils.

    • I had the strelitzias for over 8 years at least, and in that time I don’t think they grew at all! Well, they probably did, but they were nowhere near massive.

    • I’m envious of your friend having a garden designed by Janine Mendel – she designs some beautiful gardens. I have one of her books and also went to a talk/workshop by her which was very inspiring.
      I think we may have found someone to do our landscaping so keeping our fingers crossed 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s