Flood mitigation landscape design

Landscape Design Tips for Flood Mitigation

A flood occurs when areas of typically dry ground become flooded with water, ranging in depth from a few centimetres to several metres. Floods can take a long time to diminish because the water needs somewhere to go. Flooding commonly causes damage to personal property, buildings, and infrastructure, bridges and road closures, service disruptions, injuries, and even fatalities.

Minor Garden Flooding
Minor Garden Flooding

Floods can occur anywhere, but some regions are especially vulnerable. This includes sites near rivers, where vast amounts of water constantly flow, and urban areas with many paved surfaces, where water pours onto the ground from roof funnels and cannot be absorbed.


What is Flood Mitigation?

Flood mitigation refers to systematic and ongoing activities that significantly lower the risk of destruction to human life, property, and the environment. Rather than attempting to prevent floods entirely, flood mitigation involves managing and controlling flood water movements, such as directing flood discharge through floodwalls and gates. Flood mitigation minimises the overall risk of flood damage to structures and the severity of flood damage when it occurs. Flood mitigation strategies are classified into two types: structural and non-structural.


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A small flood in garden after rain. Pavement and lawn are flooded

A Structured Approach to Flood Mitigation

Structured approaches of mitigation reduce harm by rebuilding landscapes. This project includes levees, dams, floodwalls, jetties, retention roads, and evacuation routes. Structural mitigation aims to redirect water away from people and towns. Non-structural flood defence measures are a group of mitigation or adaptation measures that do not rely on typical structural flood defence techniques. Non-structural measures of mitigation consist of land use regulations, flood forecasting and warning, disaster prevention, preparedness, and response mechanisms. The objective of non-structural flood mitigation is to alter people's interactions with the flood plain and flood risk and to relocate them from flood-prone locations.

Cleaning up after a flood
Cleaning up after a flood

The role of Commercial Landscape Design in Flood Mitigation. 

Urban flooding is the most widespread yet least understood environmental issue in cities and towns globally. Even in places that might get drier, changes in the extremes of rainfall are likely to make this threat worse in the future. One of the biggest causes of urban flooding is the development of urbanisation itself. Infrastructure like roads, pavement, and buildings are designed to withstand heavy rain and flooding. Aside from flooding, stormwater runoff is a significant source of pollution and ecological destruction in urban streams, contributing to increased flooding. According to a report, even in arid years, the average quantity of stormwater generated by a typical urban area in Melbourne is around 315,000 litres per year (Assuming a total impervious area of 250 square meters).

Standing in a flooded garden
Standing in a flooded garden.  A typical Melbourne suburban block can generate around 315,000 litres of runoff per year.

Under such conditions, residential and commercial gardens might behave as sponges. Plants intercept water on their leaves and canopies when it rains. Rainwater can then seep into the ground or evaporate back into the atmosphere. More trees, shrubs, and grasses planted in urban gardens would help intercept more runoff, transporting water back into the atmosphere by vegetation. Land under a tree is more equipped to absorb rainwater. This reduces the amount of water that flows over the surface after rain and the amount of water that enters rivers and streams.

The Role of Urban Green Space in Flood Mitigation

According to research, gardens constitute a substantial amount of green area in towns and cities and hence can mitigate urban flooding by lowering surface runoff and enhancing infiltration. According to another study, front gardens of urban residences can be essential in minimising rainwater runoff. Studies showed that establishing gardens in Melbourne can reduce stormwater from 83000 litres per year to 15000 litres per year, nearly 81%.

How Landscaped Gardens can help

Such gardens mitigate flooding by temporarily storing water from heavy rainfall to reduce peak runoff, measured by the peak flow delay time. For the same heavy rain, the peak flow is inversely proportional to the peak flow delay time, and the watershed's flood mitigation function improves as the delay time increases. Urban wetlands, like the Balwyn Community Centre, play a key role in storing runoff from public spaces with the added bonus of providing habitats for wildlife.

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Commercial Landscaping of an Urban Wetland in Balwyn.

Australia is the world's driest populated continent. Nonetheless, large floods occur practically every year in regions of Australia. Heavy or prolonged rainfall is the primary cause of floods in Australia, causing rivers to surpass their capacity and overflow. Floods may destroy people and communities, costing millions of dollars each year. Flood mitigation is critical to avoiding this damage. Installing a garden is also a flood mitigation strategy, and the following are some landscape design ideas for flood mitigation.

 Best tips for Landscape Design for Flood Mitigation

Native Plants help to reduce flooding. 

Native plants are the best for flood control. Native plants are preferred because they are better adapted to the climate in which they thrive and are typically hardier and more drought-resistant. In contrast to lawn grasses and sod, native trees, shrubs, and plants have powerful and profound root systems. These root systems can store water during and after heavy rains, lowering the risk of flooding caused by extensive storm systems. Additionally, they reduce erosion and soil loss on your land by slowing water flow. Researchers discovered that soil under mixed native plants absorbs water 67 times faster than other plants. Native trees have such deep roots that they create pathways for water to travel deeper underground. The soil beneath native plants works as a sponge, a reservoir that absorbs and gently releases water.


Lilly pilly, Swamp banksia, tree ferns, bottle brushes, Eucalyptus, paperbarks, Swamp lily etc., are some Australian native plants that can absorb a lot of water and adds colours to your garden.

Retaining Walls can play a key roll.

A retaining wall is a structure that retains the soil in place behind it. Typically, they bind soils at different altitudes or support terraced gardens and fill the earth. Retaining walls are usually constructed from concrete blocks, poured concrete, coated wood, and natural stone or rocks. Retaining walls have acquired popularity quickly and are often employed in commercial and residential landscape projects. Retaining walls serve several functions. A retaining wall can perform the same purposes as a fence, including providing privacy and redirecting water flow. Still, it may be preferable to some homeowners because of its more aesthetically pleasing design. A retaining wall is a landscaping element that increases the usable space of a property. With a well designed gabion retaining wall can help control erosion alongside creeks and reduce or slow the flow of floodwaters.


Gabion retaining walls to control erosion and flooding on the banks of a fast flowing river to reduce flooding and erosion.
Gabion retaining walls to control erosion and flooding on the banks of a fast flowing river to reduce flooding and erosion.

Landscape architects say retaining walls serve multiple functions, including holding soil and preventing erosion. They can help deflect flood water by directing it towards the street. A retaining wall can protect your home from flood damage from water and floating debris. If you do not want to place sandbags every time there is a flood, a retaining wall is an excellent permanent solution. If your land is hilly or rolling and it rains, a retaining wall will keep the soil in place and stop mudslides.

 A thick layer of Mulch can help

Mulching is a layer of various materials put on top of the soil. Mulching is used for multiple purposes, including soil moisture conservation, improved fertility and soil health, weed control, and aesthetic appeal. Mulching is a fantastic strategy to protect your yard and home against flooding. Therefore, using mulch in your yard is essential to prevent water from pouring towards your house.

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Hampton commercial landscaping project. Lomadra Tanika in a mulched garden. The mulch helps to reduce runoff and keeps the soil permeable.

How do I choose Mulch?

Choosing the type of mulch for flood-prone areas is very important because many mulches are unsuitable. You must select a wide variety of mulch that will inhibit fast-moving water flow. Lightweight mulches are problematic in such areas because they float away immediately with the flood—substitute light mulch with heavier material, such as wood chips, which may absorb more water. Wood chips also outlast most other materials.


Remember, if you wish to add mulch near your home, it should be placed 15 to 30 mm away from the slab. This will keep moisture away and keep your home's structure from degrading.

Permeable Paving and Porous Surfaces

Unfortunately, gardens rapidly change in the modern period due to new commercial reasons and cultural values. Researchers discovered that residential garden paving increased by 13% over 33 years. As a result, the runoff from the same gardens increased by 12%. Because asphalt, concrete, and other hard surfaces stop water from draining naturally, which makes flooding much more. The research reveals that paving over a garden can have unexpected environmental effects. Paving, concrete, and asphalt are not permeable compared to parks, causing water to rapidly runoff into into street kerbs and creeks. This can result in localised flooding. Permeable concrete and permeable paving help to reduce this runoff.

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I.Idro Drain - Heidelberg cement permeable concrete

Therefore, building a property with porous surfaces and substances that absorb water can be helpful in highly flooded regions. Permeable paving offers numerous advantages. This method not only helps in water diversion but also in enhancing groundwater supplies. Studies showed that permeable pavement had good performance on flood mitigation, and the effect was more significant than other technologies, including rainfall harvesting and green roofs in the USA. In another study, Huang et al. (2014) reported that implementing permeable pavements reduced about 35.6% of total runoff and 28.7% of peak flow in China. Therefore permeable pavement is highly recommended in flood mitigation.

Create a Rain Garden

A rain garden is a landscaping depression that collects and absorbs precipitation from a roof, patio, lawn, driveway, or street. Rain gardens can be a cost-effective and visually beautiful way to prevent runoff from your property when planted with grasses and flowery perennials. The purpose of a rain garden is to collect and retain rainwater so that its effects, in flood, will be beneficial to the landscape rather than destructive.

Rain Garden
A 3D illustration of a Rain Garden drainage system. Rainwater run-off is diverted from the gutters into an underground pipe to a small retention garden area, where it is absorbed by the plants and ground.

Rain gardens are also efficient at removing up to 90% of pollutants and nutrients and up to 80% of sediments from the rainwater runoff they collect. Rain gardens provide 30% greater water absorption into the soil than regular turf. Since the majority of the plants in the rain garden are native to the area, one could conclude that rain gardens help to preserve native vegetation while also providing an appealing appearance. Rain gardens limit peak storm flows, preventing stream bank erosion and reducing the probability of local floods.

How to build a Rain Garden

A rain garden can be created and planted similarly to any other perennial garden, with a few exceptions.


  • The rain garden must be placed where water can flow and must be at least 3–4 metres away from the building's foundation and sewage system.
  • A shallow dip in the shape of a saucer is built in the garden to collect rainwater before it seeps into the ground. The garden should comprise 20-30% of the area from which it receives runoff.
  • Sometimes, soil replacement and further preparations are required for success. A suitable rain garden soil mix is 50-60% sand, 20-30% topsoil, and 20-30% compost.
  • Perennial plants and shrubs native to the region are recommended since they are adapted to the local climate and do not require additional maintenance once established—plant flood-tolerant species in the centre and drought-susceptible species around the edges.
  • Your rain garden will not be complete without a layer of mulch made of shredded hardwood. It keeps the soil moist and ready to soak up rain and makes your garden low maintenance.
Typical Rain Garden construction. The rain garden helps store rainfall and runoff.

Tall healthy Grass areas can slow the water flow.

Soil with appropriate grass cover retains moisture better than bare soil and catches more water when it rains. Grasses make our landscape more drought-resistant and help to minimise flooding and erosion when it rains. So, if your grass is short and dried, think about adding a new species. During severe rainfall, the grass's root system can help absorb more water, keeping it from reaching your home's foundation. According to studies, a new grass that reduces water runoff could help to reduce increasing flooding. Remember not to trim your grass too short once it has grown in. This can weaken the roots and cause flooding in your yard.

Install a garden drainage system

Design the necessary drainage system after inspecting the landscape to avoid water collecting and flooding. There are numerous methods for achieving this, including using French drains and swales. Aside from your real garden, go over your roofs as much as possible. Install commercial gutters to divert rainfall and keep it from running into your back or front yard. Inspecting driveways and, if necessary, constructing drainage systems is also a brilliant idea.

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French Drain design and construction.


French Drain detailed design cross section.
French Drain detailed design cross section.


Slope your Garden Away from your House

The easiest method to minimise significant damage is to slope your yard away from your house. To do so, note the lowest and tallest spots in your yard and make the required adjustments.


Garden steps, mulched garden and lawn sloping away from the house.

      • Garden steps, mulched garden

    and lawn sloping away from the house.


Improve the drainage of soggy soils

Flood-prone soil can be improved by digging in many organic materials, such as well-rotten garden compost or manure. Mixing grit into the bottom of planting holes will aid drainage, and planting shrubs or elevated mounds can help protect roots from water-logging. Depending on your topsoil type, an application of gypsum can make your garden less soggy. For lawn areas, regular aeration is recommended.


Lawn topsoil profile shows the effect of aeration.
Lawn topsoil profile shows the effectiveness of aeration in getting oxygen and nutrients to the lawn roots.



Does a French drain help with flooding?

French drains help prevent flooding and reduce the risk of long-term water damage to your property. French drains divert water away from your home and yard.


How do I drain flood water from my water?

Flooded water in the yard can cause different problems. You can drain flood water from the yard through a French drain, improve the lawn's ability to soak up water, and incorporate drainage into the patios.


More Reading on Flood Mitigation

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Habitus South Melbourne Landscaping

SouthSouth Melbourne Landscaping for Habitus Apartments are located in the heart of South MelbourneMelbourne on 10-16 Boundary Street, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3205.

South Melbourne Lifestyle

One of the great elements about this location is that it is only a ten-minute stroll to the iconic South Melbourne Market. This market has been going since 1867, when it was established on a license of land in what was then known as Emerald Hill. This marks the market as the oldest and continuously running market in the whole of Melbourne. The original 10 acres of land for the market was in the area bounded by the St Kilda Railway line and Cecil, York and Coventry Street. Having the market nearby was convenient when ordering lunch for the landscapers.

South Melbourne Market
South Melbourne Market - Photo Credit Qantas Travel Insider.


In a historically under-used corner of South Melbourne, yet offering a location with brilliant proximity to the Bay and CBD, Habitus offers a new form of urbanism for the area, leading the way in an accelerating gentrification and offering residents a unique, visionary presents lifestyle opportunity.

Habitus invites one to experience the finest inner city living with exceptional quality townhouses in prime locations. Offering a resolutely local neighborhood character and unparalleled access to Melbourne's most treasured landmarks and cultural attractions, Habitus sets a whole new standard in contemporary residential architecture.

The ultimate contemporary lifestyle. Habitus Townhomes showcases handcrafted forms to create a rich, fulfilling and integrated living experience for its residents. A big part of the lifestyle for these residents was our South Melbourne Landscaping.


DKO Architecture has built the Habitus Apartments in South Melbourne to deliver quality-crafted contemporary apartments. These apartments are conveniently placed, with just a short stroll to Montague Tram station. This provides effortless access to the Melbourne CBD and tram connections to St Kilda’s Fitzroy St. The rooftop balconies provide views of the Melbourne CBD. The location in South Melbourne is also just an easy walk to the now very fashionable Bay Street in Port Melbourne. The apartments, more precisely known as "townhomes", are available in three different styles, each with their own architectural character. The architects envisage a rich and fully integrated lifestyle for the new residents.


South Melbourne Lifestyle

The name Habitus is in fact Latin for "character,” which is something these apartments truly possess, as well as showcasing a determined commitment to quality. Lifestyle in South.

DKO was founded in 2000. Founding partners Koos de Keijzer and Zvonko Orsanic wanted to independently implement their own vision: creating ingenious spaces that are equally appreciated by the eyes, mind and soul. In the space of a decade, the office – with Koos de Keijzer as director – has grown from its humble beginnings into a design powerhouse in the Asia-Pacific region. DKO is a multidisciplinary team of more than 200 professionals working from six offices in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.

One of the great things about this location is that it is only a ten minute walk to the iconic South Melbourne Market. The Market has been going since 1867 when it was established on a grant of land in was was then known as Emerald Hill. This makes the market the oldest continuously running market in the whole of Melbourne. The original 10 acres of the market was in the area bounded by the St Kilda Railway line and Cecil, York and Coventry Street. Having the market nearby was handy when ordering lunch for the landscapers.

Red’s Landscaping and Civil has been contracted to provide extensive landscaping, paving and integrated green spaces. Included in this will be the construction of the people friendly spaces between the buildings. The video below shows the very early stages of landscape construction of the rooftop gardens. We will post some more photos later in the Melbourne Spring. Habitus South Melbourne

Landscaping the Rooftop Gardens

You may have read or seen our recent projects, whether they were about swimming pools or gardens, for which we have received a lot of admiration and respect. Our recent project was something different because it included rooftop gardening, which is getting popular nowadays.


Our Distinctive landscape. South Melbourne Landscaping at Habitus

Rooftop gardening is especially popular in cities, where available ground-level space is limited, heat buildup is a concern, and water overflow is an issue. Gardens can really reduce a building's overall heat absorption, lowering energy use and helping to combat smog. But that's not all these tiny environmental superheroes can achieve. They also provide an area for cultivating low-cost, long-term crops, relaxation, and animal migration routes.

Modern rooftop gardening may make a difference in our own future, just as ancient rooftop gardens did for human existence. Roof farming, according to Red's landscape service proponents, might be the answer to urban food insecurity, and environmentalists hope that these green spaces will have a positive impact on climate change and adaptation.

Rooftop gardens, also known as living roofs or green roofs, provide a number of advantages, including increased room for agriculture, aesthetic appeal, and improved air quality. Plants extract carbon dioxide from the air and release oxygen that we need to inhale during photosynthesis.

Rooftop gardens may help keep buildings cooler on hot summer days than standard roofs, especially larger buildings with tar and gravel roof surfaces. Traditional rooftops' temperatures tend to increase above the actual air temperature since they remain in direct sunlight for long periods of time. Because this heat radiates back into the environment, metropolitan regions are significantly warmer than rural and suburban locations. You may have noticed the temperature difference if you reside in a big city or have visited a shopping mall with a lot of concrete and buildings during the summer. When heat is reflected back into the environment from rooftops, a region with many buildings, such as a city, can experience a 5 to 7-degree Fahrenheit spike in local air temperatures! The urban heat island effect is the name for this occurrence.

Our South Melbourne Landscaping of Rooftop gardens take plant appreciation to new heights. On the streets below, cars speed by, while gardeners on rooftops and terraces take advantage of the setting's unique perspectives. These gardens have their own distinct atmosphere. Because they are so much smaller than the ordinary backyard, they force gardeners to consider what is truly important, and the results can be surprising and eye-catching.

Plants in rooftop gardens are exposed to more harsh conditions than plants in the ground, but if you choose and care for them wisely, they will thrive. Although a watering can or hose may suffice, drip irrigation should be considered, especially for big rooftop gardens.


Landscaping the Rooftop Gardens at Habitus. South Melbourne Landscaping


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Romsey Ecotherapy Park

Romsey is a town in Victoria, Australia, that is part of the Shire of Macedon Ranges local government region. It is 61 kilometres north of the Melbourne CBD. The population estimate for Romsey, as of June 30th, 2021, is 4,380.

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Romsey in Autumn. Photo Visit Macedon Ranges.

The Romsey Ecotherapy Park is located in Romsey, Melbourne, on the corner of Main and Palmer streets.


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Climbing Forest - The forest sits alongside the beautiful oak cubby and provides an exhilarating challenge for the young, the brave and the young at heart. -Photo credit MRSC

The Romsey Ecotherapy Park Inc. committee (REP) initiated a community-led campaign to create a welcoming and freely available recreational open space for local residents and regional visitors. The design focuses on offering a unique sensory and rehabilitative experience to people of all ages and abilities through interaction with nature.

The City of Romsey Council purchased the former Romsey Primary School site from the Department of Early Childhood and Education and Training in September 2015 in support of local community efforts to create an all-abilities park.

The Department of Early Childhood and Education and Training sold the former Romsey Primary School land to the Council in September 2015 in support of local community efforts to develop an all-abilities park.

Importance to the community

Romsey Ecotherapy Park Commercial Park Seating - Reds Landscaping & Design
Romsey Ecotherapy Park. Quality commercial park seating, a three metre high ropes course, lookouts, a rope bridge, avertical climbing net and a hammock.

Romsey Ecotherapy Park was created to provide a variety of active contact and physical challenges for both children and adults. The Romsey Ecotherapy Park's mission is to develop a sense of community while also encouraging a connection to the environment as a means of improving health and well-being.

A community space and park that serves as a key meeting point for inhabitants and visitors to the region who want to engage with nature. This one-of-a-kind all-inclusive nature environment is designed for people of all ages and abilities to explore, play, and discover.

Romsey Ecotherapy Park landscaping

Romsey Ecotherapy Park Romsey Ecotherapy Park

The Romsey Ecotherapy Park landscaping was completed in 2019. It was completed for the Macedon Ranges Shire Council. The experience we had at this facility was simply amazing, and this is why we are highly excited for the second stage.

"The Romsey Ecotherapy Park is a different all-inclusive nature space for people of all ages and physical abilities to explore, engage and play with and discover nature.

It is a unique, nature-based healing space located in the Macedon Ranges which is almost an hour from Melbourne. It is just a stone’s throw from Spa and Daylesford.

The Park is constructed not only to excite and entertain children and people of all ages but also to provide sensory incitement and healing space for relaxation and reflection for all ages.

Being Located on the old Romsey Primary School site, the fascinating school building and grand old oak tree remain, honoring Romsey’s heritage. The site reinforces the Park as a place to assemble and strengthen community links." – Romsey Ecotherapy Park Website.

Park landscaping

Landscape design not only improves the appearance of your yard but also increases the value of your home. Landscape design and maintenance, on the other hand, is not an easy undertaking for homeowners. This is especially true if you lack the necessary time or experience. Let Red’s Landscaping company take care of the dirty work. We are a landscape contractor. We provide a number of services that will undoubtedly improve the curb appeal of your home, park, or garden.

Landscape Architecture

Red’s Landscaping company creates your landscape based on the present look, lifestyle, and preferences of your home. We collaborate closely with you to design a yard with plants, hardscape, and other features that highlight your home’s natural beauty.

Maintaining Your Lawn To keep a lawn looking clean and healthy, it must be maintained on a regular basis. For your grass and soil, our commercial lawn and landscaping service uses high-quality equipment and fertilizer. Throughout the year, we ensure that your lawn is thick, homogeneous, and disease-free.

Exterior Lighting

After a long day, do you want to relax and take in the beauty of your surroundings? Are you interested in hosting regular nocturnal gatherings at your home? Outdoor lighting must be both attractive and functional. Even at night, we design our solutions to bring out the best features of your landscape!

Sprinkler Installation and Repair Sprinklers are a quick and easy way to keep your grass moist. Sprinklers are strategically placed throughout your yard by our crew to provide optimal coverage. Give us a call if your irrigation system isn’t working properly, and we’ll fix it as quickly as possible.

Removal of trees

Even if you wish to retain a tree that has been growing in your yard for years, if it is diseased or damaged beyond repair, it will be an eyesore. You can enlist our assistance in safely and efficiently removing the tree from your property.

Tree Pruning and Care Allow our tree care staff to take care of your tree if you don’t have the time or capacity to keep it healthy and safe. We utilize high-quality tools and supplies to keep your tree disease-free and away from your roof and power lines all year.

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Olive Trees in Landscape Design

The olive tree (Olea europaea) is a species of small tree or shrub in the Oleaceae. It is traditionally found in the Mediterranean Basin. One well known specie of olive is dwarf olive or little olive, which is cultivated in all countries of the Mediterranean, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, and North and South Africa. Olives are one of the oldest cultivated trees globally, not only for their flavoursome fruit but also their many ornamental features.

Where do olive trees grow best?

Climate: Olives grow in an environment with long, hot, dry summers and chilly winters. This tree prefers moderate climates and will not thrive in the tropics. The olive tree likes well-drained soil and the entire sunny area of the garden. So plant this tree in a position where it receives at least six hours of direct sunlight. Olive trees are drought-tolerant plants known for their delicious, curvy fruit that can be picked, pickled, and eaten.

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Potted olive tree on a terrace with sea view. Sunrise at seaside, blue sky.

How big do olive trees grow?

The height of the olive tree ranges from 2 to 12 metres, and it has numerous branches. The leaves are small, round-headed, leathery, dark green above and silvery at the base. Olives produce small whitish flowers in loose clusters in the axils of leaves during late spring. The flower has four white petals and a strong fragrance. The trunk of a young Olea europaea is usually single and upright, but as the tree becomes older, it may become gnarled and twisted.

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Olive Grove on the island of Greece. As the tree becomes older, the tree trunk may become gnarled and twisted.

The bark of a young olive tree is smooth and light grey, but as the tree matures, it becomes fissured, rough, dark grey, and full of bumps and fractures. The wood of the olive tree is resistant to decay. A new trunk will often arise from the tree's roots being cut back. Olive trees bloom in the late spring and are harvested in the late autumn and winter, about six months after flowering.

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Olive tree branch with black olives.


How long does it take for the olive tree to bear fruit?

Most olives take about three years to mature and begin to set a noticeable number of fruits. The yield of the fruits will be increased year by year. If you go to a small olive tree, you can do it by pruning. But the best option is to choose a dwarf variety that can grow up to 6 feet, and you can keep it shorter by pruning.

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Olive fruit and leaves.


Are olive trees toxic to dogs?

There is no danger if your dog eats parts of an Olea europaea, just as there is no danger if your dog eats olive fruit. They are not toxic in any way. The only time you need to be concerned about a dog eating an olive tree is if they consume very many olives from it. This shows they may have ingested a lot of olive pits, which is not healthy.

Caring for Your Trees

Water olives regularly until they are developed. Mature trees are drought-hardy but will produce the most if adequately irrigated. To promote growth, prune suckers and low branches during the winter season and the tips of stems that have grown excessively long.


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Olea Europaea growing in a growing in Mediterranean plantation.

Problems with Olive Trees

Olive lace bugs are Australian native insects harmful to the Olea europaea. It feeds on the sap from the underside of the leaves. They can entirely defoliate the tree and finally destroy it. If an insect is spotted, thoroughly treat the bottom of the leaves with organic or inorganic insecticides.

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Olive lace bugs can have between 2 to 4 generations per year depending on the climate. Eggs are inserted into leaf tissue on the underside of leaves often near the main vein. - Agriculture Victoria

The leaves and strip of the olive can also be affected by peacock spot, a widespread fungal disease. It forms bad odour spots on the leaves in the winter, which grow into greenish-black circular patches. This disease may be managed by carefully spraying copper fungicides on infected leaves.

Landscape design with Olea europaea

Top tips from our landscape designers

Growing olives will add lovely silver leaves to your landscape and provide you with an evergreen tree suitable for landscaping and hedging. In landscape design, olive trees look great bordering entryways, driveways, paths, patios, and pools. Because of the distinctive branching of the olives, you may easily create a unique landscape. Olive trees may be a significant focus in a Mediterranean-style landscape design.

Where to buy Olive Trees

A wide range of Olive Tree varieties are available at large tree nurseries like The Advanced Tree Company in Wooralla Drive Mornington.

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Mill Park Aquatic Center Redevelopment

Mill Park is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 11 miles northeast of Melbourne's CBD. Its local government is the City of Whittlesea. As of the 2016 census, Mill Park had a population of 29,710.

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Tactical planting of attractive cycads in a raised garden near a buildings main entrance. Plenty of mulch is provided to keep the moisture in the topsoil.

The area is named for the corn mill that George and Francis Coulstock built on the Plenty River in the 1840s. The property was sold to Henry "Money" Miller (1809-1888). He bred racehorses and conducted a range of dairy and grazing activities sufficient to employ 65 people who were housed in a village on the property. The Findon Hounds and the Findon Harriers Hunt Club - a name associated with Miller's residence - Findon in Kew - were based in Mill Park.

In 1980s, Mill Park experienced rapid residential development with state and church elementary schools (Mill Park Primary School, Saint Francis Primary School). The Mill Park Post Office opened on August 1, 1983.

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Mill Park facilities. 3 is Mill Park Leisure Centre.

Why did it need redevelopment?

Mill Park Leisure is modern watersports and recreation facility in Mill Park, in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Known for its diverse range of programs and services, Mill Park Leisure is an inclusive center catering to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

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Public space commercial landscaping is designed for low maintenance. Mill Park Leisure Centre.

With over 680,000 annual visits, families from across the city of Whittlesea choose this facility for its quality service, world-class programs, and family-friendly atmosphere.

Commercial landscaping is just part of Mill Park Leisure's $25 million redevelopment. The fully landscaped outdoor area for this project includes play equipment, BBQ grills, and outdoor exercise equipment.

The much-anticipated redevelopment of Mill Park Leisure was scheduled to begin in mid-2018 and provide $25 million for a full upgrade of the fitness and aquatic areas.

Just a few minutes walk from South Morang train and bus stations, the new development meets community feedback which showed there was significant community demand for it.

Mill Park Leisure

At Mill Park Leisure, Red’s Landscape Design and civil is part of the crew transforming the Mill Park Leisure Centre into a state-of-the-art, recreation, aquatic and wellbeing hub.

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Mill Park Leisure Centre

This redevelopment is definitely a significant investment into the community and the Red’s team is proud to work with the City of Whittlesea and landscape architects ‘Land Design Partnership’.

Mill Park Leisure Commercial Landscaping

The landscape design is an open and free-flowing space with;

  • Artificial turf
  • Plenty of landscaped gardens
  • Rubber soft floor
  • Coloured exposed aggregate concrete
  • Rain gardens, water retention via rock, fabric, and soil
  • Class two in-situ concrete
  • Raised planter beds
  • About the Mill Park
  • Aquatic Centre Redevelopment


Building facilities by CICG

The redevelopment of the facilities is being conducted by CICG Pty ltd. The improvements to the facilities include group fitness rooms, weight training, cardio areas, and three new swimming pools.

Swimming Pool Facilities by CICG

The existing swimming pool has been improved by including an all-abilities ramp and retiling. In a nutshell; upgraded 25-meter pool which includes complete re-tiling and the installation of all abilities ramp

Three new pools, including:

  • One for recreation, with water play equipment
  • One for swimming lessons
  • A new warm water pool with access to the ramp
  • Hard Landscaping by Red’s Landscaping Melbourne

The commercial hardscaping part of this project includes in-situ concrete stairs and retaining walls and outdoor gym exercise equipment as well as soft wet pour rubber sports surfaces.

Soft Landscaping by Red’s Landscaping Melbourne

The commercial softscaping part of this project includes the planting of thousands of autochthonous and Australian native trees.

Also included;

  • Lawn areas of Village Green Kikuyu
  • Mill Park Leisure Progress Photos and detailed information on the Melbourne landscaping project.

Red’s Landscaping company believes that landscaping is the basis to transform public spaces and houses for a wonderful impression. To maintain or glorify your parks and gardens and simply boost the aesthetic charm of your space. It’s associated with the promising impression of your property on others.

It is undeniable that the landscaping service for proprietors or newly created property should be delivered by professional landscapers because experimenting with the property might lead to unexpected outcomes which can degrade the value of the space and when it comes to parks which are the center of attention, experimenting might lead to the unpredictable scene.

Red’s Landscaping Company provides a team of professional architects and landscaping experts holding ample acquired experience and assembled customer support team, that will definitely make your experience free of annoyance.

The team will correspond with the property owner about their perspective and budget for the project and recommendation the list of options with the provision to promote in the future. We guarantee you satisfying services.

Red’s Landscaping Company plan helps to provide the service of maintenance, improvement, and restoration for your parks and other landscape.

Mill Park Leisure Project Funding

The Mill Park Leisure Centre redevelopment has been together funded by the local government and the State Government of Victoria.  For the entire project, funding of $25 million has been invested, and the State Government of Victoria has contributed $5 million to this project. The Growing suburbs fund has contributed $2 million, and $3 million has been contributed by the Community Sport Infrastructure Fund.

About the Growing suburbs fund

Growing Suburbs Fund

The Growing Suburbs Fund supports investment in significant local infrastructure in Melbourne’s diverse and fast-growing interface councils.

Victorian Government Growing Suburbs fund

About the Community Sport Infrastructure Fund.

Community Sports Infrastructure Stimulus Program

The Victorian Government is investing about $68 million to build and upgrade the community sports facilities across the state. The investment will not only support local sporting clubs, but it will also create jobs and boost Victoria’s economic recovery.

Victorian Government Community Sports Infrastructure Fund

We thank the City of Whittlesea and the landscape architects ‘Land Design Partnerships’ for their support and business.

Commercial Landscaping Hampton Townhouses

Hampton Commercial Landscaping

Hampton Commercial Landscaping project for some luxury townhouses in the Melbourne seaside suburb of Hampton. The bayside suburb of Hampton is around 15km south of Melbourne on Port Phillip, between Brighton and Sandringham. The strip of shops along the thoroughfare of Hampton Street is one of Hampton’s major attractions.

Hampton Shopping Strip
Hampton Shopping Strip is a major attraction in the suburb. (Photo Credit Travel Victoria)

The suburb is also known for having an excellent swimming beach. Hampton Beach is a safe, sandy bay swimming beach with a popular boating and sailing area. It has an extensive foreshore reserve with barbecue and playground facilities, and a walking and cycling path.

Hampton's safe sandy beach. (Photo credit: Travel Victoria)


The townhouses showcase the modern architectural creativity over four extraordinary levels. The landscape gardening was planned to ensure less maintenance and to be tolerant of coastal seaside conditions. The gardens and townhouses perfectly suit the requirements of modern families with convenience and public transport close by. Hampton is one of the Melbourne’s vital coastal suburbs and these townhouses were just a short walk to Hampton’s beautiful beach.


Hampton Townhouses
Luxury 4 level townhouses showcasing the modern architectural creativity.

Hampton Commercial Landscaping

Hampton Commercial Landscaping for this brand new, multi-level town residence. The location and style of the Hampton Townhouses. The townhouses are conveniently located just off beachside Hampton’s lively shopping, dining and transport strip with only a short walk to Hampton station.

The landscaping of Hampton Coastal Gardens

This kind of beachhead garden landscape calls for hardy coastal plants. The plants chosen by the client for this job included native dogwoods and native grasses, such as Lomandra Tanika, Banksia Integrifolia and Correa Alba. These plants are ideal for Hampton commercial landscaping projects due to their hardiness and salt tolerance.

Plants selected for the Hampton Townhouses

The Australian native dogwood (Jacksonia scoparia), not to be confused with European Dogwood. Australian native dogwood (Jacksonia scoparia) is a small shrub or tree which can grow to around four meters in height in ideal growing conditions. It is native to the Queensland’s milder mountain areas and New South Wales. It is a great tree to plant for covering a fence or to provide a little shade.

Banksia Integrifolia also known as the Coast Banksia, grows nicely in seaside or coastal areas like Hampton. The good part is that it is tolerant to salt spray as well as frost. The attractive dark green leaves have a distinguishing silvery underside and the plant is a common sight on Melbourne Bayside suburbs and especially the seaside or coastal reserves.

Banksia Integrifolia
Banksia flowers are a popular feed for the birds including this rainbow lorikeet at Umina Beach on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia


hampton commercial landscaping
Hampton commercial landscaping

Lomandra Tanika, also known as the Basket Grass, is a member of the Xanthorrhoeaceae family which indicates it is related to the icon of the Australian native bush garden the Australian Grass tree (Xanthorrhoea). Lomandra Tanika is the gold leaf form of the well-known Australian native grass Lomandra Longifolia.


Lomandra Tanika
Australian native green lomandra longifolia tanika grass or basket grass


The hardy plants we selected are also ideal for coastal gardens because they can tolerate both salt and wind. An additional advantage for the Hampton commercial landscaping project is that the plant is suitable for densely shaded locations as well as full sun.

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Hampton commercial landscaping project. Lomadra Tanika in a mulched garden.

Lomandra Tanika are also a very good plant selection for low maintenance gardens. Once it is established very little watering is required to these plants and they do not require regular pruning. If you want a bluer green foliage, take a look at Lomandra Seascape.

Correa Alba is a hardy frost and drought tolerant dense shrub that grows to around 3 metres. The white flowers which arrive in autumn and winter, are star shaped, nearly flat and sometimes it has a pink tinge. This Australian native emerges naturally along the coasts of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Which is another great choice for Melbourne Coastal Gardens and for Hampton Commercial Landscaping.

Correa Alba Hampton commercial landscaping
Correa Alba one of the hardiest of Australian native plants. It can be grown successfully in most reasonably drained soils in either full sun or semi shade. It is very resistant to salt spray and is tolerant of at least moderate frosts. Once established it is tolerant of extended dry periods. These characteristics make it ideal for coastal gardens in seaside suburbs like Hampton.

Commercial Landscaping

The commercial landscaping for the Hampton Townhouses also includes the hard-landscaping of concrete paths for the characteristics.


About Red's Landscaping

Apart from Hampton Commercial Landscaping, Red’s Landscaping & Design offers a wide range of experiences, from landscape design consultation, right through to full turn-key management and construction of both soft and hard landscaping across residential and civil projects. Our expert designers can help you, your business, or council departments discover exactly what kind of design or works you need.

It’s sometimes hard to put your vision into words, it’s our job to navigate and turn it into a reality for you. Our 3D landscaping renders provide photorealistic pictures to help you visualise your new landscape design.

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Landscaping Balwyn Community Centre

Balwyn Community Centre Commercial Landscaping Project

The Balwyn Community Centre at 412 Whitehorse Road Surrey Hills was upgraded to ensure it would continue to support the needs of the local Balwyn Community. As well as the upgrades to the buildings, there were landscaping works for the parkland, natural wetlands,  exposed aggregate concrete pathways and tennis courts. For this project we were able to showcase all of our commercial landscaping services.


The site of Balwyn Community Centre

The main building overlooks eucalyptus trees, green grass, and wetlands. Several rooms are available for rent at Balwyn Community Centre including small rooms, medium and large multipurpose rooms, a demonstration kitchen, a workshop, and art studios. The rooms are ample spacious and neat, temperature-controlled, and provide the latest audio and visual equipment.

Balwyn Community Centre is a hidden oasis in the Surrey Hills.  The community centre offers an extensive range of services for the Balwyn/Surrey Hills area including courses for adults and children in creative arts, crafts, languages, ​​and more.

A communal garden is a welcoming place. People of all ages, as well as families and couples, enjoy being part of the beautiful garden community.

Our Part

The Balwyn Community Centre is set in a glorious bush setting, it is a vibrant place to be inspired, grow, meet, and escape. The Balwyn Community Centre has always been a beautiful peaceful place for the Surrey Hills community.

When the chance came to work with the Boroondara City Council and Angelo Carrafa Landscape Architects (ACLA) on its landscaping reconstruction, the team at Red could not wait to be part of it.


Balwyn Community Centre Landscape Architecture

ACLA are real visionaries and working with them on taking the project to life has been one of our most memorable projects till now. The Red’s Landscaping Civil and Design team observed the project thoroughly from beginning to end, starting with foundations and footings, right through to the maintenance and final details. We made it all.

Balwyn Community Centre Outdoor Gym Area
Balwyn Community Centre Outdoor Gym Area

Pictures tell a thousand words, so you are requested to see below for images of the project. We thank the Boroondara City Council and Angelo Carrafa Landscape Architects (ACLA) for their support and business.

Melbourne Landscaping

We welcome you to Melbourne Landscaping. We are proud to have a professional team of landscape designers and horticulturists. Reds Landscaping Melbourne Company shares a great amount of experience, proficiency, and creativity to give you the result you yearn for. Whether you are thinking of designing something modern or simply tidying up your existing garden, Red’s Landscaping Melbourne is available to work with you right from the introductory consultation till the end outcome, guaranteeing to transcend your expectations. Working with some of Melbourne's best architects, builders, and interior designers, we are competent enough to undertake almost any project. Using our closely linked network, we will endeavour to create the ideal outdoor living experience for all-sized projects, whether great or small. Red's Landscaping Melbourne is a completely licensed and insured company that is confident in its ability to always meet deadlines. We have an outstanding history. We wish you to rejoice in our project pages, holding and headlining clients' testimonials.

We provide a wide range of landscaping services depending upon your needs, whether they are commercial landscaping or commercial maintenance.

Commercial Landscaping

The purpose of the commercial landscaping design of public spaces is to make the public area a welcoming and broad place for the pleasure of people of all ages. It is critical that landscape architects and urban planners keep the users as the primary focus of the design. We have been lucky enough to work with some of Melbourne's best landscape designers on projects like the Balwyn Community Centre

Commercial Maintenance

Business maintenance is also provided by the same crew of Melbourne that specializes in the art of commercial landscaping. Our commercial maintenance crew is managed by horticulturists with extensive knowledge of plant health and identification. Experts in horticulture irrigation systems, concrete restorations, and other elements of commercial gardening make up our commercial maintenance team.

First impressions matter and the garden areas surrounding a business's facilities are frequently where those first impressions are made. We can make sure that your business's healthy landscape makes a good impression on both clients and staff.

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Hume Global Learning Centre - Sunbury

The Hume Global Learning Centre is located very close to the Sunbury Central Activity District and nearby retail stores, as well as a handy public transportation hub. It is easily accessible through the Tullamarine freeway from Melbourne Airport and the Melbourne CBD.

The Hume Global Learning Centre is designed to make a significant and memorable contribution to the Sunbury region. The facility is dynamic, progressive and considered, and this will act as a powerful signifier of community values and aspirations at the gateway to the Sunbury town centre.

Hume Global Learning Centre-Sunbury. Commercial Landscaping - Reds Landscaping & Design
Hume Global Learning Centre-Sunbury. Commercial Landscaping.

Around 30,000 people currently use the centre each month to participate in several community and business learning programs and activities.

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Opening of Hume Global Learning Centre - Sunbury.

The three-level development is based on the plan for a lifelong learning centre that the City of Hume has successfully implemented on three other sites.

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Opening - Hume Global Learning Centre - Sunbury

In addition to offering conventional library facilities, the building contributes to the delivery of both academic and vocational education programmes. The centre includes:

  • A library.
  • A teaching space.
  • A business hub.
  • Flexible multi-use meeting and activity rooms.
  • Conference/events spaces.
  • A gallery/museum/exhibition space.
  • A customer service centre.
  • A visiting/hot desk.
  • Staff offices.
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2D Landscape Design - Hume Global Learning Centre - Sunbury. Landscape Design by ACLA Consultants.

Public Spaces and Commercial Landscaping

Commercial landscaping of public spaces offers high-quality open green spaces that are easily accessible to the community. From walking down shady streets to commercial landscaping around libraries, museums, and community centres, landscaped spaces are local communities' hearts.

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Broad concrete pathways for community access at Hume Global Learning Centre - Sunbury.

Through these places, a large number of community members connect, play, stroll, and bicycle. In this manner, commercial landscaping contributes to the health and well-being of local inhabitants. The landscape design of Hume Global Learning Centre Sunbury, by ACLA Consultants, certainly meets all of these aims.

Hume Global Learning Centre Commercial Landscaping - Reds Landscaping & Design
Hume Global Learning Centre Commercial Landscaping.


Quality commercial landscape design also provides essential habitats for native species. The landscape design of commercial buildings also greatly affects the success of these public spaces.

Hume Global Learning Centre - Sunbury. Concrete Pathways - Reds Landscaping & Design
Hume Global Learning Centre- Sunbury. Concrete Pathways of public spaces.

Public places such as the Hume Global Learning Centre-Sunbury contribute to a high level of public amenity, particularly when linked with effective landscape design. The result is an accessible public place for the people of Sunbury.

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Lomandra native grasses with a mudstone boulder in a garden by a window.


Contribution of Red Landscaping In Constructing The Hume Global Learning Centre - Sunbury

Red's landscaping was proud to be part of this significant place making project for the community of Sunbury. Our tasks included the following;

  • The construction and framework of a large staircase are finished in black.
  • Black and white exposed concrete.
  • Earthmoving and excavation.
  • Large turf area in which a fully controlled Wi-Fi irrigation system installed for all new softscaping.
  • Concrete sleepers retaining walls.
  • Mass planting of native trees and shrubs on green lands.
  • Soil pumping for rooftop planting.

The Red's landscaping team was excited to work on this project with the Hume City Council and acknowledged the continued support and business with the council and contractors to make areas like this possible.


Landscaping Of Hume Global Learning Centre Sunbury

The staff of red’s landscaping and civil worked on softscaping (living component) and hardscaping (non-living component) of landscaping. They worked hard to complete this project.



Softscaping (the plant component of landscaping) is one of the many specialties of Red's Landscaping and Design. Years of study, research, and experience in Australia's diverse climates have resulted in expert horticultural methods.

The team has been working on sustainable softscapes that can resist the subtropical climate produced by the harsh weather of Melbourne. Our creative softscaping methods may build fertile gardens that are not only environmentally beneficial but also produce fruit, vegetables, and cut flowers.

During the landscape design of Hume Global Learning Centre, we focused on drought-resistant native trees, shrubs, grasses, and groundcovers, which are easy to maintain and attract birds, insects, and mammals. But the question is, why native plants? Because

The Australian climate is harsh, hot, and dry. Most foreign plants are not well adjusted to our conditions and may struggle. Australian natives have all the features that make them ideal low-maintenance garden plants. They are always resistant to drought, tolerant to harsh conditions, and not harmed by various native insects that might damage typical garden plants. Here are some of the native plants we include in our landscape designs.



Eucalyptus is a dominant Australian tree genus with over 800 species inhabiting many diverse ecosystems throughout Australia. Eucalyptus is generally well adapted to drought. Eucalyptus from the drier environment is also often inherently more drought tolerant. Eucalyptus trees are appreciated for their landscaping uses. Many eucalyptus species have beautiful forms and textures. Some of the flowers are striking in shape and brilliant colours. For these reasons, eucalyptus trees are often used widely in commercial landscaping. This was also the case for the landscaping of Hume Global Learning Centre-Sunbury. Eucalyptus trees planted include "euky dwarf", "leucoxylon rosea", and "eucalyptus scentuous" (lemon scented gum).


Eucalyptus leucoxylon 'Euky Dwarf' - Reds Landscaping & Design
Eucalyptus leucoxylon 'Euky Dwarf' Dwarf SA Blue Gum Notes Uses: For use in smaller gardens where standard SA Blue gum is too large. Flowers appear in large clusters from Autumn through to Spring. Flowers especially attract bees which make excellent honey.


The eucalyptus leaves are the main source of a koala’s diet. Koalas also rely on the moisture in eucalyptus leaves for most of their hydration needs. They also sleep in the eucalyptus tree. Therefore eucalyptus trees are very important for conserving koalas in the urban environment. Due to these qualities, eucalyptus is always on the favourite list of landscape designers.

The eucalyptus trees were planted in the planter pots and vases, which helped to soften the new brick walls of the Hume Global Learning centre.



Westringia is a perennial shrub with dense blue-grey foliage that resembles rosemary. It is an easy care plant with a tidy habit. It has masses of vivid bluish purple flowers. It flowers profusely in spring and regularly at other times of the year. It is a heat-, humidity-, and highly frost tolerant shrub and is well suited to the native flower garden.

Westringia ‘Wynyabbie Gem’ (Coastal Rosemary) flower - Reds Landscaping & Design
Close-up of Westringia ‘Wynyabbie Gem’ Coastal Rosemary flower. Westringia are great plants for commercial landscaping.

Westringia blue gem has a naturally attractive bushy growth habit and responds well to pruning. It is fast growing and does well in a wide range of conditions. It is used for hedging and bordering. It is also suited for containers.


Anigozanthos bush diamond, commonly known as Kangaroo Paws, is a flower native to Australia. Bush diamond is a compact, off-white flowered kangaroo paw that acts as a great colour contrast in multiple plantings.

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Anigozanthos bush diamond.

This native plant is naturally heat and drought tolerant and enjoys full sun in well-drained soil. However, extra irrigation during flower bud formation will benefit flowering performance.

Anigozanthos are extensively used in commercial landscapes and home gardens. It flourishes best in warm and sunny places, such as balconies, terraces, and courtyards. This plant will be conspicuous and enjoyable in decorative pots, jars, and freely planted in beds in the garden. It will attract the native birds and bees to feed on the nectar.


Lomandra, more popularly known as mat rushes, is an Australian perennial herbaceous plant genus. They spread in big, open, spherical tufts, resembling green fountains or fireworks. This spherical, symmetrical form makes them perfect for solitary plantings, such as in the centre of a bed or lawn as a display plant. The clean shape of Lomandra is also maintained without the need for trimming or clipping. They make an impressive impact when used in mass plantings for extremely low-maintenance gardening.

Lomandra Commercial landscaping - Reds Landscaping & Design
Lomandra Commercial landscaping.

You can place Lomandra pretty much anywhere in your garden. They will grow in wet areas like the garden pond's damp edge and dry ones like a dry herbaceous border. We plant the drought tolerant lomandra along the walls of the Global Learning Centre. This plant provides a fascinating green space between the exposed aggregate footpaths and the walls.

Banksia Birthday Candles

Banksia birthday candles are a dwarf cultivar of Banksia spinulosa and are the highest-selling native plant in Australia. It is a tough, evergreen, low-spreading small shrub with dense, dark green foliage and spectacular golden yellow flowers in autumn and winter that resemble upright candles.

Its mounded shape makes it a great border plant or a miniature hedge. It is also well suited for general landscaping, mass planting, and pots. This plant is also drought and frost tolerant once established. The flowers are outstanding and can attract native wildlife like bees and nectar-eating birds and butterflies into the garden. We used this plant as the ground cover plant in designing the Hume Global Learning Centre.


Grevilleas are stunning floral Australian species that thrive freely as groundcovers in huge and dry areas. The Grevillea bronze rambler has a dense, spreading habit with thin, smooth, reddish-brown stems decorated with divided bronze-green leaves. It features deep purple-red nectar-rich toothbrush flowers that bloom all year.

It is generally fast-growing, which helps to prevent weed growth and makes for low-maintenance landscaping. It works as a ground cover in large gardens and is well-suited for slopes. It provides an excellent habitat for wildlife, such as small birds. It was also used as a ground cover in the Hume Global Learning Centre landscape design, giving a stunning and pleasing appearance.


The design, planning, and implementation stages of any hardscape project require careful attention. At the same time, there are several important things to consider, and space utilisation is the most important. At Red's Landscaping and Design, hardscaping optimises usable space while creating an attractive garden. Red's Landscaping and Design Gardening uses only licensed and qualified tradespeople to design durable hardscapes that can be enjoyed for decades. Here are some hardscaping areas where we worked in the Hume Global Learning Centre.


Concrete steps are usually the focal point of most entryways of homes and public buildings. Elevating concrete steps from bland to grand makes them the dramatic focal point of any front entrance. The concrete steps in exposed aggregate create a stunning feature in the landscape.

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Commercial Concrete Steps at Hume Global Learning.

Concrete is a very stable construction material, which means it will not decompose or emit any toxic fumes, gases, or harmful components. This makes concrete steps ideal for hot and cold climates, as they will not quickly erode. The concrete steps are cost-efficient, use fewer labour resources, and give the construction worker several custom options. The Red's Landscaping crew in Melbourne used concrete formwork to handle the challenges of constructing long flights of stairs.


Exposed aggregate concrete is a great design solution for public spaces. The attractive, durable, non-slip surface makes it an ideal choice for a landscape architect. High traffic areas around public buildings often use this type of concrete path. The aggregate concrete is available in various colours to suit the landscape design. The aggregate paths are just as durable as any plain concrete surface and handle heavy traffic better than natural stone.

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Concrete Path in Exposed Aggregate Concrete.

The Red’s Landscaping crew installed the exposed aggregate paths at the entrance and all around the Hume Global Learning Centre, which look outstanding compared to old concrete footpaths. We use alternative colours of concrete in the exposed aggregate pathway. The mulched garden bed also softens the appearance with the planting of native grasses, which increases the aesthetic appeal of the building.


More Information on Hume Global Learning Centre - Sunbury.

Landscape Designer ACLA Consultants.

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Landscape Design Tips for Commercial Sites

Landscape Design for commercial landscaping is important for the creation of quality open green and accessible places for the community. We take a look at how Melbourne's best Landscape designers are doing it.

What is Commercial Landscaping?

Commercial landscaping is a multi-dimensional landscape service that involves planning, designing, installing, and maintaining attractive outdoor business spaces. A beautiful working environment is known to increase workers' output, attract more clients to the business, and create a fresh atmosphere for employee health and efficiency. There are many benefits to investing in your commercial landscape because an unattractive or poorly maintained landscape will negatively impact you. On the other hand, a beautiful and well-maintained landscape will positively impact potential clients and increase the value of your property.

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Aerial view of the commercial landscaping at Mill Park Leisure Centre. Design by Land Design Partnership Pty Ltd


Commercial landscaping is a little different from residential landscaping. The whole focus is on professional properties such as office buildings, commercial projects, restaurants, strip malls, and indoor malls in commercial landscaping. Commercial landscaping is very complicated depending on the layout, indoor and outdoor lighting, availability of sunlight, access to parking lots, etc. And these factors are different in different conditions.

What is landscape design?

Landscape design is the arranging and modifying of features in a landscape, urban area, or garden. It involves the planning, designing, and managing of open spaces to create urban and rural environments. Landscape design is often characterized by aesthetic composition and artisanship, horticultural skills and experience, and a concentration on detailed site connection from creative level to final construction.

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Illustration of an idea and implementation of urban landscape design.


Landscape design is an independent profession and a design and art tradition practised by landscape designers, combining nature and culture. In contemporary practice, landscape design bridges the space between landscape architecture and garden design. It is done to create a natural scene by planting lawns, trees, and shrubs. Landscape design is both an art and a science of establishing a ground in such a way that it gives the effect of a natural landscape.

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Landscape Design with a pencil sketch.

Landscape design is also important for practical, aesthetic, horticultural, and environmental sustainability. It is always divided into hardscape designs (Non-living elements, such as pavers) and softscape designs (The living elements, such as flowers). Professional landscape designer provides a wide variety of design and planning skills that are personalised to the specific needs of their clients.

Landscape design ideas for commercial buildings

The outdoor space of your commercial building is the first thing people see, so it is important to make a good first impression. Commercial buildings have to look perfect with a well maintained outdoor landscape. A well maintained and excellent garden invites most customers and increases your company's reputation. Studies showed that in 2005, the property's perceived value increased by 11% when an insufficient investment occurred in landscaping. Retail products and services were deemed up to 25% more valuable when paired with elements of nature. Your business will benefit when you embrace the following commercial landscaping ideas.

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Professional commercial landscaping landscape design adds value to a business. Mill Park Leisure Centre Design by Land Design Partnership Pty Ltd.

Focus on the beautiful and welcoming entrance.

Welcoming entry space is vital for a commercial building because it invites the clients. Highlighting the doorway and providing special access to your business property creates a welcome entrance. Place bright flowers by the entrance to attract the attention of clients. Use decorative features such as exposed aggregate paths from the parking lot to your entrance. Include symmetrical planters on both sides of the entrance.

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Commercial landscape design. The entrance is designed to be inviting. Mill Park Leisure Centre. Design by Land Design Partnership Pty Ltd.


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Commercial landscaping Melbourne creating great public spaces. Wide exposed aggregate pathways near the entrance. Mill Park Leisure Centre. Design by Land Design Partnership Pty Ltd.

Include bushes, shrubs, trees, and flowers.

The bright green and bright colour of the plants and flowers evoke positive responses, such as relaxation and prosperity. You have to grow shrubs, bushes, trees, and flowers if you want to exist, and new customers will feel pleasant emotions when they enter your building. You have a flower garden that displays your company name and logo. You can represent your brand's colour by using flowers. Your flower garden should be separate from your lawn. If you don't have a lawn, use raised beds for flowers for pleasant aesthetic value. Use shrubs to line the pathways and walkways. Set up a line of shrubs and small trees within the perimeter of your building. This looks beautiful and will reduce the energy bill.

Yoga mat near the urban wetlands. Balwyn Community Centre - Reds Landscaping & Design
Yoga mat near the urban wetlands. Balwyn Community Centre. Design by ACLA Consultants landscape architects.

Add benches, shade, and trees.

Fresh air is the first choice of everyone. An outdoor seating area in your landscape garden will be an attractive point. Elevate your commercial landscape by adding benches and deck chairs. Also, add shade for additional comfort. Tall trees and large shrubs are a beautiful choice for shade.


Outdoor Furniture on Exposed aggregate concrete - Reds Landscaping & Design
Outdoor Furniture on Exposed aggregate concrete. Design by ACLA Consultants landscape architects.

Add water feature

By including a water element in your landscape design, you may enhance it. A simple pond or fountain may quickly become the central point of your business landscape, adding low-lying plants and statement rocks around the water feature. This is an easy and efficient way to enhance your commercial landscape design.

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Outdoor Garden Design Ideas. Design by ACLA Consultants landscape architects.


Use plants to create hedges.

If you have fences in your garden, use plants instead of them. The addition of lush and beautiful plant hedges will immediately boost your commercial building and create a more inviting and pleasant space for clients.

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Syzygium australe is an Australian native hedging and screening plants.


Add outdoor lighting.

Outdoor lights are a lovely and simple way to increase the beauty of any business space. With the addition of outdoor lighting in the commercial landscape, the benefits will be increased. Use string lights to create a romantic ambience, a spotlight to draw attention to your service sign, and lamps to create a professional outdoor atmosphere.

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Water feature with lighting for effect.


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Outdoor Entertaining Area. Good lighting design benefits both residential and commercial landscaping design.

Use native plants to reduce maintenance.

Suppose you are finding methods of reducing the cost of your commercial landscape. Then one method used for this is to grow native plants. Native plants are a great choice for landscaping because they fit into the natural landscape. They are well-suited to the climate, and they need less maintenance.

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Drought tolerant native plants. Land Design Partnership Pty Ltd.


Use beautiful and decorative walkways and other hardscapes.

If you want your guests not to hurt themselves and your garden to look attractive, then install attractive walkways such as exposed aggregate paths, which are very beautiful. Create stone retaining walls to convert a slope into a usable flat yard. Use concrete patios, which are low maintenance and versatile patio options.

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Commercial landscaping public walkways in the carpark at Mill Park Leisure Centre. Land Design Partnership Pty Ltd.

Top tips for designing a commercial landscape garden

A successful business does not always need large financial backing, an efficient working environment, or other business processes. Sometimes, small factors have the biggest impact on your business, such as a commercial landscape garden. An excellent and well-maintained garden provides a vibrant and colourful environment, invites most customers, and enhances your company's reputation. Overall, the landscaping garden aims to make your business as presentable, professional, and welcoming as possible. Here are the top tips with the help of which you can make your beautiful commercial landscape garden.

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Portuguese Laurel tree (Prunus lusitanica) at Trinity St Kilda.

Make wide and clear walkways

The most noticeable parts of the commercial garden will be the walkways because they direct people towards specific parts of the building. Ensure that your paths are broad enough to allow easy travel because nobody likes to travel through cramped spaces. Major garden routes should be at least 5 feet wide, through which two people can move side by side easily. The width of the secondary walkways (where people travel in a single file) must be at least 1 metre. In addition, these walkways should be clean and clear.

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Exposed Aggregate Concrete Pathways.


Make a plan for plants

Give your plants room to grow. If you must have a dense, full landscape right away, plant with the intent to relocate or remove some plants as they mature. You can also plant quick-growing, short-lived plants to temporarily bulk up your planting. Design your commercial landscape with extra bulkiness, short edges, plants that require less maintenance, or anything else that allows it to keep the same look over time.

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Exposed Aggregate Concrete Pathways at Mill Park Leisure.


Create a comfort zone through plants

Plants can do more than look good in the garden. Choosing the correct plants and properly arranging them may make your garden much more enjoyable and useful. Evergreen trees with broad leaves help protect your landscape from strong winds. Perennial and decorative grasses may be used to create an immediate privacy screen. Plant a tree or tall shrub border around your garden to cool down on a hot summer day. There is plenty of room in your garden for trees. So many small-footprint decorative trees are now available, which can be used in any garden.

Add colour to your garden through flowers and other plants

Colour is generally the first thing people notice when they see a flower garden. Therefore, choosing plants in pleasing colour combinations is important in designing a new garden. Colour choices are a matter of personal taste. The colour theory can help you to combine different colours of blooms, foliage and other elements in a way that you find pleasing, except for flowers' extensive colour choices with foliage too. Add the plants with many shades of green, yellow, red, blue-grey, and earth tones. Bark, buds, and other plant parts contribute to your palette as well.

Outdoor furniture

Installing outdoor furniture is very important in the commercial landscape garden. So place modern and traditional furniture outdoors for the employees and customers visiting your place to feel comfortable. Plain wooden benches can create a sense of relaxation.


Use drought tolerant plants

The ideal landscape garden incorporates all elements to enable harmony and facilitate maintenance. A drought-tolerant plant can survive in your garden with less than the normal amount of water. There are many benefits of drought-resistant plants, such as they require minimum water, so you can use your water for other purposes. Your water bill will be lower as well. These plants are low-maintenance.

Proper irrigation system

A properly installed irrigation system has several advantages for your garden. Installing a proper and professional irrigation system helps create and maintain a great looking garden and saves money, time, and energy. Manual irrigation has many disadvantages, such as excess water supply, loss of water, and heavy electricity bills.

Add Decorative features

Decoration of the landscape is very important. Use decorative features like fountains, statues, and other hardscapes. Choose sculptures that are appealing but also complement your buildings. Pathways such as exposed aggregate paths with colourful plants offer a pleasant experience for the clients who walk into your office.

Highlight important points

Using distinctive plants, distinguishing structures, and garden decorations, you may draw attention to the most significant features of your commercial building. Contrasting forms, textures, sizes, and colours will assist in drawing attention to a particular location.

Who are landscapers?

The commercial landscape design includes more than just mowing and blowing. It needs qualified and skilled landscape experts who can understand the significance of landscaping for business and should know how to enhance the aesthetic value of your building. Such skilled and experienced people are called landscapers. Landscapers can help you plan and create a low-cost and beautiful workplace. They may perform regular or seasonal maintenance services such as mowing, pruning, trimming, weeding, and planting. They can identify what activities need to be performed to keep your building neat, clean, and fresh.

Large corporations must manage commercial grounds, colleges and universities must maintain campus grounds, cities and towns must maintain and enhance public parks, and zoos and theme parks need landscape design solutions. All of these people are prospective customers for a landscaper.

What does a landscape designer do?

Landscape designers design attractive public spaces such as parks, gardens, playgrounds, residential areas, commercial buildings, and college campuses and increase the aesthetic value of these places. They plan the locations of building roads, walkways, flowers, shrubs, and trees within these environments. Landscape designers design these areas so that they are easy to use and harmonious with the natural environment.


A landscape designer will work with their client to meet their vision for their outdoor space. No matter how big or small the project is, a landscape designer can turn a bland land space into something attractive, beautiful, and special. The landscape designer aims to improve natural beauty and promote environmental advantages. They also create rooftop gardens that may be used to retain stormwater, absorb air pollutants and cool the buildings while also providing pleasant scenery.


It might be difficult to find a qualified and skilled landscaper for your property. It is preferable to use a landscaping company that interacts well with you. They should constantly contact you to inform you of what is required for your property and what must be done. Choose a landscaper whose charges are clear and honest and who will provide you with all of the details regarding where your money is going.


The team at Reds Landscaping & Design are experienced and talented. The red landscaping has a lot of experience building commercial gardens and landscapes. They can create a beautiful, low-maintenance landscape for you on a budget. Their landscaping and garden projects will ensure that the building of your project is both low-cost and time-saving while also ensuring the highest quality result.

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Tristaniopsis laurina luscious. Kanooka, or Water Gum

Tristaniopsis laurina luscious is a type of Tristaniopsis, or Kanooka, that has been greatly improved through hybridisation. 'Tristaniopsis luscious' is a small to medium-sized native evergreen tree with beautiful broad, deep green foliage that turns coppery-red when new growth emerges in the spring and summer. It produces yellow flowers in the summer. These characteristics separate this cultivar from other versions of this plant, including a thick habit, bigger leaves, and brilliantly coloured new growth. Because of its bigger leaf size, it is an excellent natural alternative to Magnolia.


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Tristaniopsis laurina luscious has beautiful broad, deep green foliage. It is a great native alternative to Magnolia.

From November to December, this tree blooms with golden flowers that have a lovely fragrance. The branches of Tristaniopsis laurina luscious create an excellent feature tree or focal point in any landscape design. New branches develop a stunning red colour as they grow, which peels back to reveal a patchwork of mottled cream bark beneath the surface of the bark. This creates a fantastic contrast because, at any given time, you can have some dark stems mixed in with the elder branches and trunk, which are smooth and creamy brown in colour, creating a beautiful contrast. This tree makes an excellent specimen or shade tree. It grows from seven to twelve metres tall, with a spread of up to five metres.

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Tristaniopsis laurina produces beautiful flowers in summer. Yellow flowers on a Kanooka Gum (Tristaniopsis laurina) tree growing in a garden.

It is quite hardy and is only rarely affected by insects and pests. This tree has the strength to tolerate myrtle rust. This plant thrives in full sun to partial shade conditions. Even though it can withstand frost and drought, it performs best in moist soil. T. luscious grows well in various environmental situations, but it thrives best in a warm, moist location that receives direct sunlight whenever possible. While it can survive in various Melbourne soil types, it flourishes in well-drained soils, especially when mulch is used to protect the plant. This makes Tristaniopsis laurina luscious a great feature tree for planting in large pots.

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'Tristaniopsis luscious' is a small evergreen tree with beautiful broad, deep green foliage that turns coppery-red when new growth emerges in the spring and summer.

Uses of Tristaniopsis laurina luscious

Moreover, the dense form of Tristaniopsis luscious produces an attractive hedge or screen, which can be grown as an ornamental tree, making it suitable for street tree planting, park, and reserve planting, as a garden feature for that special spot in the garden, or even as an elegant shade tree. This tree can also be planted in the home garden as a wonderful summer shade tree during the hot summer months.

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Tristaniopsis laurina luscious or Kanooka as an ornamental feature tree. This hardy trees will tolerate windy locations provided it is planted with the correct tree staking.

In commercial landscaping

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Commercial landscaping with Tristaniopsis laurina luscious.

It is highly recommended for use in commercial landscaping because of its low maintenance requirements (it only requires minimal pruning to shape it when young). It looks stunning when planted in upright rows or as street trees, in native gardens as feature trees, or in tropical style gardens, where the large glossy leaves can improve the foliage effect of the planting. It can also be clipped along the edge of pools for a more modern design. The large leaves can be easily removed from the pool if there are any leaf drops.

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Kanooka Gum tree in bloom. Yellow flowers on a growing on the tree in a garden.

Care of Tristaniopsis laurina luscious

This tree, as previously stated, can survive disease, frost, and drought. However, it can be affected by the attacks of a few insects, which can be easily managed by spraying insecticides on the leaves and branches. Tristaniopsis laurina luscious adapts well to pruning and can be quickly shaped, making it a suitable street tree for urban environments. After the flowers have finished blooming, the tree should be pruned. Water daily for up to 13 weeks until the plant has established itself in a well-mulched garden. This is because this tree does not thrive in extremely dry conditions during the early phases of growth. Fertilising should be done in the spring season, and slow-release fertilisers should be used for best results.


Close Relatives of Kanooka or Water Gum

Tristaniopsis laurina is a plant that has several cultivars available. "Hot Tips" is a cultivar with variegated leaves and new bronze-red growth, and it is one of the best. In a fire, it can be regenerated from saeed bank material and branch shoots, and by sucking stems. Because it grows nearly entirely in creeks, it is rarely destroyed by fire. Water Gum is a more colourful relative of the traditional Water Gum. It is also linked to the Queensland brush box, an evergreen tree native to Australia, which is likewise an evergreen.

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