Create Your Dream Garden with Expert Tips from a Landscape Designer

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Having the garden of your dreams is easy with a little planning, writes Sara Newnham. Landscape designer at PS Landscape Supplies. Think about the garden you wish you were in. Perhaps you would like to wander through a cool rainforest or in a field of flowers. Would you enjoy picking fruit from your own orchard? Having tea in formal gardens like the Palace of Versailles? The possibilities are endless and achievable.


Okay, maybe you don’t have space to recreate the countryside of Tuscany, but I encourage you to borrow ideas and use them on a smaller scale. This is easy just by choosing the right plant combinations. For example, start a formal garden by planting hedges and feature pots of topiaries. Wish you lived in a tropical resort? Plant palms, cycads, cordylines, birds of paradise, frangipanis – these are easy to grow and will make you feel like you are on holiday all year round!

Planning Your Dream Garden

The first step to transforming any garden is planning: start collecting photos of gardens you like from magazines, TV shows, and holidays you went on. Or take a walk in a local park – this is a great way of seeing what grows in your area. Decide where you’d like your new garden and prepare the site. Find out where services may be, such as underground pipes. Look at the aspect – is it sunny or shady? Does it get hit by salt winds? These factors will influence plant selection. Functionality is important. Do you need some privacy plants or will the kids be kicking balls into the area regularly? You may need a hardscape (edging pathways, retaining walls) before starting your soft scape (soil plants and mulch). Planning will help determine the cost, as you’ll have a design to work from. If you need help, call me for a consultation or come in-store to discuss.

Tricks of the Trade in Creating Your Dream Garden


What should I do if I notice an influx of sap-sucking insects or caterpillar chew marks on my plants?

To tackle this issue, it’s recommended to use Yates Nature’s Way Citrus and ornamental spray, which is an organic and highly effective pesticide. While safe for humans, it’s not safe for bugs, making it an ideal solution for getting rid of aphids and caterpillars on your plants.

What should I do if my plants are looking yellow?

If your plants are looking yellow, they may be in need of nitrogen. To address this, you can feed them with a nitrogen-based liquid fertiliser like Super Booster. It’s recommended to repeat this every 3-6 months to keep your plants healthy and green.

How can I address signs of snail attack on my liriope and cordylines such as frayed ends and holes in the leaves?

Signs of frayed ends and holes in the leaves of your liriope and cordylines could be an indication of a snail attack. To address this issue, you should remove the damaged foliage, feed the plants with fertiliser, and scatter pet and animal snail bait around them. This will help to protect your plants from snails and prevent further damage.

Recap: Steps to Create Your Dream Garden

  1. Think about the garden you wish you were in and gather ideas from magazines, TV shows, or local parks
  2. Decide where you want to create your dream garden and prepare the site by checking for services like underground pipes and considering the aspect (sunny or shady, salt winds, etc.)
  3. Determine the functionality of your garden, such as privacy needs or kids playing, and consider hardscape needs like edging pathways or retaining walls
  4. Choose plant combinations that fit your desired garden style, like hedges and topiaries for a formal garden or palms and tropical plants for a resort feel
  5. Plan the cost of your dream garden by creating a design from your ideas and considerations, and seek consultation or advice if needed from professionals like landscape designers.


For more gardening tips call for free advice or drop in store.
We can’t wait to see you. Happy gardening

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