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Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by gman65, 29th Feb, 2016.

  1. gman65

    gman65 Well-Known Member

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    So I've finished my garden bed I've been building for my place. Came up quite nicely I think.. Yes, I have since mowed the grass since then :oops:

    Now I need some suggestions on what plants to put in there. Want something pretty low maintenance as I don't have much time to spend on watering/etc.

    Going to put a few small palms in there I think, but after any other suggestions. It's about 15m x 2m so fair bit of space to play with.

    Location gets about 6 hours solid sunlight a day, rest is in shade.
     

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  2. Bran

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    Everything gets Yukkas for me. I bought a place with Yukkas, and now I just cut the tops off them all when I want a new garden and stick the tops in the ground. They grow.


    Edit: I didn't buy a place with them. I bought three for three pots. They have since filled three gardens, along with a few that I took cuttings off elsewhere along the way.
     
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  3. Hodor

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    Yukkas are hard to kill, if you just want something green then you can't go wrong.

    Myself I either like a native garden or one that is productive - fruit trees etc. Not exactly like maintenance.

    From the photo there is 3 spans of fencing behind the garden, if it's 15m like you say then it's pretty sparse on the upright fence posts. I thought 2.4 to 3m spacing for uprights is standard. Can anyone tell me?
     
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    yukkas are too spiky, avoid. palms also suck
     
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  5. magpieseason

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    Is that your backyard ? Already have a vege patch? A front yard vege patch is cool too.
    A few dwarf fruit trees and suitable veges for this time of year.
    Yukkas are super easy to grow and maintain , bit boring though.
     
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  6. A Jeremy

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    I tend to use the same plants on all of my properties so that I can make cuttings from them and grow them for future properties. It mostly a combination of natives and succulents. Here are some of the plants that I use:

    Medium and Small Shrubs

    Buxus Faulkner
    Murraya Min a Min
    Nandina domestica
    Pittosporum Shorty
    Spirea cantoniensis
    Abelia grandiflora Dwarf
    Crassula arborescens

    Groundcovers / Climbers
    Erigeron karvinskianus
    Trachelospermum Tricolour

    Tuft Plants
    Dietes bicolor
    Lomandra Crackerjack
    Liriope Stripy White
     
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  7. vtt

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    Palms are perfect if you are going for a 1970s look. Otherwise avoid.

    What about Lilly Pillies (can get dwarf versions), murraya (great fragrance when in flower) and even Chinese star jasmine as a climber or ground cover.
     
  8. Bran

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    I have lilly pillies and/or murray a in all my places, but someone needs to hedge them and then trim the hedge. No issues to date, but its easy to see happening.

    Actually, I have a murraya in my new place. Im trimming it tomorrow with a chainsaw. 5-6 years of neglect
     
  9. gman65

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    Yukkas seem to be in every new reno I see up here... I have a couple in pots, they are hard to kill though.

    That is side, prop is close to north facing so it gets mainly sun from 9 to 3. Most vegetables would die I think due to the heat, and not quite enough shade there. I could probably get them to grow with enough work, but low maintenance is the key for me. The many birds/crows around here would probably make short work of them too.

    Not that unhappy with the 70's look, I live in QLD they are everywhere :) House is also 60 years old so I'm not necessarily going for ultra-modern here.

    Thanks all for the suggestions, I will have a look at those and see what I like. Will go for a mix of things. I'm not a huge gardener, but likewise I like something more interesting than plain grass.
     
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  10. larrylarry

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    Are they thing and sparse or dense? I'm pretty happy with my murraya because they are dense and good for screening the front yard. I'm going to add liriope as a short hedge to give it layered look.

    @gman65 i would avoid yukka as they are hard to kill, very hard to kill. you can have shrubs and groundcover....the raised garden bed does make it look like a vegie garden. or maybe just have big potted plants ..yukka in pots will make it look good.