This type of garden plays on the contrast between hard surfaces and soft foliage. A trend that continues to rise in popularity, this look pairs an abundance of large leaf plants like philodendrons and succulents, with architectural features such as concrete steps with a shadow line and clean, sharp edges. Once reserved for commercial gardens, lots of lush, green plants offset with hard surfaces like concrete, is a red-hot trend in new home builds right now.
Native Australian Garden
While our gardens have long been influenced by English and European trends, we’re now moving away from this, as more of us embrace the Australian native garden, which is much more suited to our subtropical climate. Combining natives with other low maintenance plants that don’t require a lot of water is great for the environment and a lot easier to care for. Consider varieties like Bird of Paradise, Sweet Jasmine and Acacia.
It’s no surprise that time-poor homeowners are opting for less lawn and more garden. The wild garden features a natural aesthetic, with wildlife-friendly plants, flowers that attract bees and butterflies, native grasses and vines that climb fences and walls. It’s all about letting nature take its course.
Australian Meadow Garden
Popular for many years, the European meadow-style garden is a layering of trees, shrubs, grasses and perennials. It’s a great way to bring biodiversity to your garden, and Aussie landscapers are now putting their own twist on this style by using Australian natives such as eucalyptus, banksia and grevillea. Ask your local nursery to help you create this trending look.
With narrow and small lots becoming the norm rather than the exception for many South East Queensland home owners, tiny gardens continue to grow in popularity. Even the smallest outdoor space can be transformed into a lush oasis. Whether you have a narrow courtyard or small patch of grass, by utilising vertical space with green walls, choosing compact furniture and avoiding clutter, you can create a tranquil garden space to escape to, which actually looks a lot bigger than it is! Choose pot plants that won’t take over such as bromeliads, succulents, ferns, palms, herbs and native shrubs.
Raised Vegetable Garden
Covid has seen many people growing their own vegetables and herbs, so it’s no surprise that raised garden beds have increased in popularity. You can start a raised garden almost anywhere – on top of a concrete slab or in a corner of your garden. But make sure it gets plenty of sunlight. Herbs such as parsley, chives, basil, oregano, and rosemary are popular choices for raised garden beds. You can even buy convenient ready-to-build kits at your local hardware store.