More and more we are cutting a new path in garden design through the use of indigenous and water wise plants, in combination with tough grasses and exotics that create contemporary gardens which are more in tune with the current environmental factors. Gardens are less contrived, less manicured, less controlled and and can be left to change and adapt through the seasons with less watering and maintenance.
Many of our clients are rethinking their large lawns which are hard to keep green in these summer months without ample water. Lawns are becoming smaller or even replaced with tough groundcovers that can still be used as spaces for pause, seating and movement, but without heavy foot traffic. Meadow lawns are becoming more popular for areas of large open space farther away from the house as these can be left to grow longer and don’t need frequent mowing. A combination of indigenous and exotic grasses inter planted with seasonal endemic bulbs and annuals can make a meadow lawn a lovely, soft, wild area of garden that encourages more abundant insect, bird and animal life to the garden.