It’s inevitable. Gardens are becoming more environmentally conscious. Not using masses of water. Not using masses of fertilizer or pest control products.
And the best bit is these gardens do not need masses of time for their upkeep either.
Here are some examples from both Australia and Britain.
Photos by Prue, Lynne and the Royal Horticultural Society.
First, shown in Melbourne earlier this year, is Emergence designed by Phin Murphy
Yes this garden does have a beautiful pond as the feature with walkways around. But the garden is made up of plants which will tolerate much that the extremes of climate change can throw at them. And note, some of the features are not plants – they are rocks.
This garden is stunning and would be wonderful space within which to live.
And have a look at this one on show at Chelsea this year Inland Homes: Beneath a Mexican Sky, designed by Manoj Maide.
The colour is injected with paint, space and shape defined by the walls and wonderful platforms of concrete and the spiky arid loving plants give texture and life. This is a wonderful garden for living. That chair will be used more frequently than any weeding or pruning implement.
Love the texture.
And look at this little garden, Cubism, by Phillip Whithers, presented at Melbourne in 2013.
Although arid plants are used, this garden is not dry and soulless. There is an abundance of green and texture and colour. It is inviting.
And finally, there is the array of gardens by Phillip Johnson all based on sustainable gardening in Australia. This is one of his early ones built near Melbourne.
Obviously, Phillip knows and uses local Australian plants.