Designing a native garden can conjure up images of dusty trees and shrubs, monotonous green with little to commend or excite. But it doesn't have to. Many new and exciting native gardens are designed today, just as interesting, pretty or dramatic any other style.
Dramatic effects are possible when you stay simple, restrict the number of varieties of plants and use dramatic natives. Think of natives in the wild where they are massed or there is predominance of one colour - green forests, tawny tussock lands. It is a very similar approach.
The Japanese garden is seen as a place of peace and meditative thought. Opposites are put into balance- light and motion against the solidity and stillness of stone, mountains and serene lakes. The typical Japanese garden is a landscape in miniature.
We all dream of living somewhere warm, hot even, where rain doesn’t spoil the day or the evening barbeque. Those who live in such climates, however, know just how challenging gardening without rain can be. But adapting our garden design leaves us with huge scope for wonderful, vibrant gardens in dry climates.