Small Space Verge Gardens
The range of Australian plants available to purchase has expanded over the last few years. Plant breeders are selecting cultivars for compact growth habits and extended flowering. Follow these simple rules of thumb to create a gorgeous verge garden:
Think of quality and not quantity. Look at selecting varieties that go together and replicate over the space. The guide is less species more of each. Plant varieties in odd numbers to replicate a ‘natural’ look.
Focus on foliage as well as flowers. Foliage adds interest to the garden all year round and contrasting foliage creates a further dimension.
Boldness draws the eye to an area. This may be a bright coloured or contrasting plant at the edge the verge.
Features such as low logs or rocks will take on extra scrutiny, so choose carefully and when placing in the garden ensure they look good from all angles.
Create a sense of scale. When selecting plant varieties ensure they will fit the area. When planting a verge select varieties that only grow to 500mm high.
Most plants in a verge garden are viewed at close range – make every selection count.
Group plants with similar cultural needs together. It takes the hard work out of caring for the garden.
When landscaping with rocks place in a natural configuration, often this means burying 1/2 -1/3rd of the rock and ensure they are the correct scale.
Garden lights installed to highlight features add an extra dimension to a verge area and will create a sense of space particularly if the outdoor living space is at the front of the property.