Plant Selections

Garden Ground Cover

By Plant Selections

There are many types of ground cover available, but which one is the right option for your garden? We’ve compiled a list of ground cover plants and where they thrive to help you choose the perfect option for the look you’re going for and the level of maintenance and care you prefer. In general, a ground cover plant is any plant that grows wider than it does tall. So you have a lot of options, from low growing ground cover with a creeping or trailing habit to short, broad shrubs. “Woody” shrubs are what most people associate with hedges –…

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Low Maintenance Plants Australia

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If you want a “set it and forget it” garden, you’re in the right place. Not everybody wants to spend weekend mornings bent over garden beds. If you’re looking for container plants or landscaping plants that are easy to care for, we can help you find the perfect low maintenance plants and flowers for your yard or home. Low Maintenance Outdoor Plants Choosing native plants and plants suited to a low-water environment, like succulents and cacti, is a surefire way to minimize lawn and garden maintenance. In general, you can’t go wrong with native plants. They’re adapted to Australia’s harsh…

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Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2016

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

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

By Landscaping Tips, Other, Plant Selections
Do you love the taste of fresh herbs but are sick of spending money on herbs you only use once then throw away? Why not have a go at planting your own herb garden? It is great to be able to grow your own fresh herbs and pick them directly from the garden as you need them. The hardest part is deciding which herbs you want. With many to choose from, try and work out which ones you would use most often. Common cooking herbs are; Parsley used in Italian cooking including pasta, salads and sauces Coriander for Mexican and Asian...
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Red Hot Poker (kniphofia)

By Flower, Front Garden, Garden Design, Normark News, Plant Selections, Uncategorized

These vibrant flowers add a striking hit of colour over the winter period. The bold flower that sits atop of a long stem comes in colours ranging from red, yellow, orange and all variations in between. Originally from South Africa Red Hot Pokers are drought and heat tolerant and grow from 60cm to 2 metres in height.

These clump forming perennials attract local birds such as Rosellas to their tubular florets. Plant them in full sun where they will flower from May. Dead head continuously and they should flower all the way through winter into spring. Clean up leaves at the end of spring. They can be propagated by plant division, just remember to cut back late spring or autumn with crowns just above the ground.

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