Garden design

Around mid last year I was required to plan and create a garden design for my horticulture course. The garden had to be real and measurements had to be sketched up. I chose my neighbour’s front yard after being told they were looking for someone to do their garden. It was previously full of stones and dying plants. Bland and unappealing.

This is the first time I had done any sort of landscaping on my own. My cert 3 gave us around 6 weeks of it to learn the basics, but it was all guided.

All these plants died eventually 😦

The clients needs were such:

-no flowers

-must not die

-something to block out the neighbours

-semi tropical looking

So with that in mind I picked out (with the help of my teacher), my neighbour’s garden.   

My original plan was this. In the end a few were replaced with something different, and the Dianella’s at the front were reduced to just a few. Because of the light frosts we get, I didn’t want to risk planting something and losing it to the frosts. The Cordyline ‘Ruby’ I intended to plant was replaced with a Phormium, and the row of Dianella’s on the right hand side bed was changed to some purple Hebe’s I had lying around, so I didn’t have to pay for those. Though I do regularly see palms planted, they don’t thrive as well as they could, so I was advised to stay away.

Thuja ‘Smaragd’ looking dapper. The client over ordered mulch and compost, which I got to keep for free!

Middle garden bed.

-Cordyline ‘Australis’

-Strelitzia reginae

-Pennisetum advena ‘Rubra’

This garden bed was a little rushed (compared to the Thuja bed, where I took my time and made sure all were lining up and straight) but will fill out fine.


So far they have only been watered on days that reach over 30 degrees, and other than missing one day (with the fountain grass copping it the most), all plants are doing fine. The Dianella tasmanica ‘Tas Red’, is one of the hardiest and amazing plants in there. I had one left over which I kept, and even being in a broken plastic pot with exposed roots hasn’t done a thing to it. It’s just as lush and green as when I first purchased it!

Things that could’ve been done differently:

-More frequent watering, or planting later in the season

-More mulch. It looked like enough at the time, but once it all settles I have come across bare patches that need to be covered. Maybe the size of the mulch is important too? The Thuja bed contained large bark pieces (and filled out just fine), whereas the other two had smaller pieces (client ordered two different lots)




My indoor garden.

Only recently have I started collecting indoor plants. I used to think indoor plants were lame and boring. I am now up to over 30 indoor plants and I aim to keep collecting. The morning sun on my plants is the first thing I wake up to, and boy am I grateful! If you also think indoor plants are lame, buy one that interests you and see how long you can go without adding another. All of my original indoor plants came as cutting that had not rooted. Winter temps meant it took them a little longer to get established, but once those new shoots appeared it was just as rewarding.

My current obsession with philodendrons is obvious here. My Philodendron White Princess is my latest and has a large pot with plenty of space to fill out out. I plan on having smaller plants below her once she gets bigger, maybe something that hangs out of the pot but creates an under story.

Our (my sister and I’s) carnivorous collection is also getting large, but that’s a post of its own.

I also get a view of my outdoor plants from my room. All the green does amazing things for my mental health. If I’m feeling flat all I have to do is walk outside and I’m greeted with healthy, happy plants. My year of hard work is always on display.