[from The Creek, April 2009]
To get you started, Liz Barraclough, an experienced garden designer as well as BERG’s Field Officer, has prepared a sample plan of an indigenous garden, together with plant names and steps in planning.
1. Look at your garden or space and decide on which of your existing structures and plants you want to keep, and which are to go.
2. Think about how you want to use the space, what structures and activities you want to accommodate, eg shed, vegetable garden, play area. Decide on the style of garden you want, eg formal or relaxed, cottage, bushland.
3. Look at magazines and other gardens, not only for the style you like, but also, perhaps more important, for what grows well in neighbouring or similar style local gardens.
4. Be realistic. Consider how much time you have and want to spend maintaining your garden.
5. Sketch a rough concept plan. It is then easier to select the appropriate plants, with help from suitable references or the local nurseryman.
6. When selecting plants, consider their function and purpose, eg hedge, screen, specimen, shade, colour, edible, bird-attracting.
|Plants are labelled on the plan by their common names. Their botanical names are given below|
Black-anther Flax Lily
For more information see the Mornington Peninsula Indigenous Planting Guide