11 native Australian garden design ideas to inspire

These classic Australian landscapes will inspire you to embrace the unique range of flora on offer.Mar 20, 2019 12:04am

Australia’s geographic isolation has resulted in it being home to an extremely unique range of flowering plants, trees and shrubs. The diverse assemblage of native Australian flora has resulted in an inspiring array of landscapes that cannot be found elsewhere.


Drought-resistant and sculptural, these gardens feature a harmonious spectrum of native Australian foliage.

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This garden in the Blue Mountains has to fend for itself most days while enduring blistering summers and frosty winters, so the couple sought advice about hardy, low-maintenance plants from native landscaping experts Wariapendi Nursery in the Southern Highlands.

Photo: Marnie Hawson | Country Style

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Walls of stacked stone from the sunken sitting area beside the lake. Fiona Brockhoff incorporated Tussocks and Banksia spinulosa ‘Birthday Candles’ soften the edge of the retaining wall.

Photo: Virginia Cummins | Belle

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The panoramic vistas from this hilltop home on Sydney’s Northern Beaches are matched only by its glorious, true-blue garden.

Photo: Brigid Arnott | Inside Out

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Part country, part coastal, this expansive garden on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula uses beds of native plants. Native shrubs are pruned lightly into rounded forms.

Photo: Scott Hawkins | Australian House & Garden

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During the build, owner Imogen Tutton studied horticulture — she has a background in law and advertising — and so before they did anything she came every day and started laying out the garden. “I was on quite a native garden mission and I had this beautiful canvas to do it on, so it was my shovel, my mower, and my dog and me, bit by bit.”

Photo: Marnie Hawson | Country Style

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The fabulous planting scheme for this home on Victoria’s Surf Coast is entirely indigenous, which was a requirement of the local council. Landscaping by Hansen Partnership. Home by FMD Architects.

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Photo: Derek Swalwell | Australian House & Garden

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This Perth garden is a model of sustainability – looking after the environment and the wellbeing of the whole family.

Photo: Angelita Bonetti | Australian House & Garden

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Studying native plants and garden design led Kathleen Murphy to create a water-wise oasis at her home where clients can see her work firsthand. Her stunning garden with panoramic views of the Macedon Ranges features a variety of Australian native plants and a contemporary take on the latest in garden ideas and plantings.

Photo: Marnie Hawson | Country Style

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The faded timber of the beach house combined with the silverygreens of the native garden, planted by Kate’s husband Mal who is a landscape designer, gives the exterior a beautiful, rustic air.

Photo: Armelle Habib | real living

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Indigenous plantings and a coastal aesthetic help blur the boundaries between a new garden and its beachside location.

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Photo: Derek Swalwell | Inside Out

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Melbourne landscape designer, Sam Cox has shaped his bushland garden to replicate a slice of nature. “The masses of planting, mounding and boulders are balanced with the voids of pathways, ponds and pools,” says Sam. The paths are made from Castlemaine slate.

Photo: Claire Takacs | Australian House & Garden

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