Category Archives: Garden Design

Best Plants for Steep Slopes

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Steep slopes and banks are vulnerable to erosion, but you can’t rely on just any plant to stabilize a hillside or steep bank. The slope also carries water away down to the bottom, so a hard rain running down the slope can pull at your plants and stress them without giving them a deep watering. Choosing the best plants for steep slopes in Australia means considering the watering challenges presented by slopes as well as the climate and sun exposure. Much of Australia tends to be hot and dry, so the best plants to stabilize a steep bank in Australia…

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Best Low Maintenance Ground Covers

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If you’d love to do something with your backyard but hate the thought of getting out the lawnmower every weekend, then here’s a great solution. Selecting ground cover plants for your Melbourne garden can give you a beautiful, low maintenance outdoor space, with no lawn mowing needed. Groundcovers are the ultimate hardy plants for the tough Australian climate. Many are drought resistant and thrive in extreme conditions, so they’re ideal for full sun or shady areas where a lawn might struggle. You’ll enjoy reduced watering with ground covers too, they’re not as thirsty as a lawn, a definite bonus for…

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7 Tips for Choosing the Right Landscape Gardener in Melbourne

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If you’re investing a lot of money into your dream garden, you want to make sure you choose the right landscape gardener in Melbourne for the job. Do your homework and you can avoid budget blowouts, and ensure you get the landscape design and construction expertise you deserve. Follow these tips for choosing the right garden landscape design professional, and you should save yourself a lot of hassle. Check if they do both design and construction Some landscape gardeners specialise only in design, when it comes to building the design you’ll have to go elsewhere for the construction services. A…

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Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2016

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The Normark team went to the 21st Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, below are our highlights from this year; The Greenery and Vivid Design Winner of 'Best in show' Using dramatic sense of scale, this is a deserved winner with stand out quality execution and attention to detail. Ian Barker Garden Design Gold Medal Softening perennial planting palette we have become accustomed to seeing from the Barker brand. The lake house was the standout out feature of the show for us. Garden Ridge Design Providing an intimate and inviting space, this garden comes into its own in the evening which...
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Ground Covers

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Ground covers are a great way of adding colour to your garden. They can be used in between trees, plants, pavers or as a feature in their own right. Ground cover by definition means the plants grow outwards rather than upwards and can often cover large areas. Some of the benefits of these plants are that they can help protect the soil from erosion, supress weed growth and are low maintenance, making them ideal for a low-maintenance garden. The range is diverse, from evergreen to annual, just make sure you assess the spot you have in mind and choose appropriately....
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Climbers

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At Normark we like our gardens to have a consistent pallet around the perimeter. This can be achieved in numerous ways but a cost effective and high impact solution can be installing a climber frame. It would be priority to paint all boundary fences with a dark colour exterior paint so that the green of the plants are exaggerated when growing up the mesh frame. We like to use the one plant type for the perimeter to provide an elegant backdrop for the garden.
Climbing frames can either be a steel weld mesh, timber lattice or stainless steel yachting wires. Material used will depend on the end result desired.
Have a look at some of these climbers, they look so much nicer than a plain fence.

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