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Don’t get frustrated by watering restrictions –
instead use them as a stimulus to think outside the box
WORDS Sue Torlach, horticulturist + landscape designer
erth has a booming population,
diminishing rainfall and uses about
half of its scheme water on gardens,
so it’s no surprise that waterwise,
low-maintenance gardens fit the brief for most
busy, environmentally conscious homeowners.
Gardens using gravels and sculptural plant
combinations can give a sense of space that
complements modern homes. Overseas locations
with similar climates – Brazil, California, South
Africa – are a great source of inspiration for this.
The choice of drought-tolerant plants and the
way they are organised in a design can make
significant water savings. Ensure the bulk
of the planting or the framework of the garden
is of drought-tolerant species. Most effects
can be achieved (even tropical ones) with
smart plant selection – whatever function a
high water-demanding plant serves, there is
usually a waterwise substitute.
Plus, we are spoilt for choice with our native
plants and their varieties in texture, form and
shape, before even considering flowers. Their
design potential is under-utilised and underrated.
The Water Corporation website (www.water
corporation.com.au) has information and advice
on waterwise plant selection. Waterwise-themed
gardens include coastal, mediterranean, native,
tropical and cottage. Check the site’s guide to
waterwise plants for Perth for details (and our Water
Corporation plant roundup from p238). Another
site worth visiting is the Association of Societies
for Growing Australian Plants (www.asgap.org.
au). Local plants are particularly recommended to
gardeners because they are adapted to existing site
conditions, soils and climate.
Sue Torlach is a horticulturist and landscape designer.
She owns Wild About Gardens (08) 9344 2585 and is a
Landscape Industries Association of WA member.
This garden by Wild About Gardens
features (from front) Ficinea nodosa, Eucalyptus
microtheca and ‘Kalbarri Carpet’ Eremophila.
The design features Westringia
‘Smokie’ and Anigozanthos ‘Bush Pearl’.
Conostylis candicans and
Anigozanthos sp feature here.
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