Kangaroo Paw in the subtropics

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Landscaping Gold Coast, Kangaroo Paw Anigozanthos ‘bush pearl’ also known as Pink Kangaroo paw. Native to Western Australia,  Anigozanthos ‘bush pearl’ are lovers of harsh dry arid conditions. I’m surprised to find how well they perform in the Gold Coast subtropics. Kangaroo paw are notorious for struggling with humidity in Victoria, they tend to turn black, rot and die off …

The Queensland Garden

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It’s a beautiful feeling being able to have a morning coffee in a garden you’ve created. This photo is Queensland Gardening. It was never my preferred style but after individually pruning every single plant in this garden, 4 tons of waste, stump removal, irrigation installation, replanting. I’ve fallen in love with it. This garden contains ferns from Borneo, palms from …

Formal Garden

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A garden's design should only ever be drawn from the architecture of the house. Walking through this modern, expansive and open plan home, I felt that the same principles of design should be reflected in the garden. The scale was hard to work with as it was only a tiny front garden. I knew it would be difficult to avoid …

Bottle Tree Versatility

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@_katanah_ standing by a beautiful Brachychiton rupestris also known as the Queensland bottle tree. The Queensland bottle tree has adapted to handle the harsh arid desert conditions in amazing fashion. The thick bulbous trunk allows the bottle tree to store large amounts of water. This keeps the tree hydrated through drought. The Queensland bottle tree is also deciduous meaning that …

Layering, Garden Design

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One of the most important elements to landscape design is using plants to create different layers. Tiering plants on different layers creates harmony, structure and reduces future maintenance by vertically spreading competition. This design concept was visible to me in this overgrown full shade landscape today. Armed with a pair of falco number 2s, I set out to recreate the …

Grass trees

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Beautiful day at the Gold Coast Botanical Gardens with @_katanah_. We weren't the only ones enjoying this lovely xanthorrea spike. Xanthorrhoeas also known as grass trees have adapted over the years to not only endure bushfires, but to thrive and rely off them. Grass trees have evolved to induce flowering after bushfires as this is the optimal time for offspring …

Palm Maintenance

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The biggest mistake I see in the Queensland garden is people using palms to create privacy. A palm should never be used as a screening plant, the bottoms are full of dead fronds, they are messy and tacky. Hedging plants such as a Syzygium smithii 'resilience' or Murraya paniculata works as far better screen around pool and window areas. Hedges …

Palm Care

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Palms can produce a lot of mess and cost a fortune in maintenance. The biggest advantage to crown lifting Palms is that you prevent nutrient recycling and greatly reduce maintenance. Palms re-use water, nitrogen and other key elements from their lower limbs, essentially killing them to fuel growth at the top. By removing the bottom palm fronds you are not …