Are you at the landscaping stage of your new home and not sure where to start? Commonly, the landscaping aspect of a new build project is overlooked, though it does make a significant lift to the home. So, if you are after some smart landscaping tips for your new home, you are in the right place.
How To Choose Your Landscaping Design
Completing your landscaping design is not about scattering plants around your backyard; there is much more to it than that.
Let’s start with a thoughtful design
How do you hope to use the space?
- For relaxing? Maybe you would like a water feature, surrounded by lush greenery and a calming hommock, your very own oasis.
- For entertaining? If your new home will be hosting many events, maybe an open space with a deck containing lots of seating, with be most suited. Potentially grass and paved areas are best with stylish plants to surround the perimeter.
- Kids Orientated? Give your kids the space to kick a ball and run around with the family dog. A large grass area is ideal or a veggie patch for the whole family to grow.
- For privacy? If you’re hoping to have a lush barrier to add privacy from your neighbours, choosing trees and hedging plants is a great idea to provide a ‘screening’ effect.
What To Consider
When completing the landscaping for your home, it is practical to take all factors into consideration.
- What is your home style? The style of your home should flow through all aspects of the home, including the landscaping.
- Who will the space be for? Everyone that will be using the space should be considered.
- Your climate! Choosing plants that do not suit the Australian climate may look great at first but may not last. Can they handle the Aussie heat?
- What maintenance will be involved? If you do not have time to maintain your garden, select low maintenance plants. In the summer months, it is ideal to mow your lawn every second week in summer and every two to five weeks from autumn to winter.
- What will be your focal point? Will you have a pool or fire pit in your garden that your other plants will workaround? Choose one main focus or feature.
Your Plant Selection
As we know, there is an abundance of plants to choose from for your new home, which makes the selection process more challenging. For this reason, it is best to be strategic with your selection. For a better chance of your garden lasting, choose options that thrive in the Australian climate. Of course, we need to visualise the 5-years goal and give these plants the space they need to grow.
The Top plant options for your Aussie garden, according to Bunnings:
Native Australian Plants
- Westringia ‘Funky Chunky’
- Philotheca ‘Cascade of Stars’
- Callistemon species
Succulents and cacti
- Aeonium arboretum (‘Zwartkop’)
- Portulaca grandiflora
- Senecio mandraliscae
- Myoporum parvifolium
- Cerastium tomentosum
- Scaevola aemula
- Avonview’ lavender
- Rosemary Officinalis
- Lomandra longifolia
- Philodendron ‘Xanadu’
Of course, landscaping does come with a cost, so it is ideal to budget between 5%-10% of your construction costs. That way, you will not get caught out at the end of the project and can finalise your last essential step.
Now you have your main tips to ace the landscaping for your new home you can jump right in! Contact our friendly team to discuss building your dream home from construction to landscaping