This guide for the North West region will help you take a fresh look at your garden and make it more waterwise, lower maintenance and more beautiful.

Featured design: a tropical garden

Filled with bold foliaged plants that provide shade, shelter and colour throughout the year this garden will have a tropical feel without needing a lot of water.

Tropical garden designs for the North West 

List of plant species that would best suit a tropical garden in the North West of WA.
Abrv. Common name Botanical name
Groundcovers
Es Echeveria setosa Echeveria setosa
Ipo Beach Morning Glory Ipomoea pes-caprae*
Swf Sturts Desert Pea Swainsona formosa*
Shrubs
Ef Burra Eremophila fraseri*
Aa Jacob's Coat Acalypha amentacea
Ao Desert Rose or Impala Lily Adenium obesum
Cm Natal Plum Carissa macrocarpa
Eum Crown of Thorns Euphorbia milii
Zf Cardboard Palm Zamia furfuracea
Bo Fern Blechnum orientale*
Grasses/Strappy Leaf Plants
Cra Giant Crinum Lily Crinum asiaticum
Sans Mother in Laws Tongue Sansevieria trifasciata
Trees
Ad Elephant Ear Wattle Acacia dunnii*
Adg Boab Adansonia gregorii*Δ
Ara Alexander Palm Archontophenix alexandrae
Ps Screw Palm Pandanus spiralis

* These species are endemic to WA

Δ Optional species (not included in illustration)

Other garden design ideas for this region

Often rugged and relaxed, a coastal garden is full of hardy plants that can withstand strong winds.

Plant Species

List of plant species that would best suit a coastal garden in the North West of WA.
Abrv. Common name Botanical name
Groundcovers
Cr Wild Jack Bean Canavalia rosea*
Ipo Beach Morning Glory Ipomoea pes-caprae*
Shrubs
Ef Burra Eremophila fraseri*
Grw Wickham's Holly Grevillea Grevillea wickhamii*
Cc Green Bird Flower Crotalaria cunninghamii*
El Berrigan Eremophila longifolia*
Grasses/Strappy Leaf Plants
Aga Agave Agave attenuata
Trees
Eucv Eucalyptus 'Snow Queen' Eucalyptus victrix*

Coastal garden designs for the North West

* These species are endemic to WA

Creating pleasures for all the senses, a Mediterranean garden has a combination of colours, productive plants, interesting foliage and flowering plants. Complete this look by incorporating design elements such as paths and rustic benches.

Plant Species

List of plant species that would best suit a mediterranean garden in the north west of WA
Abrv. Common name Botanical name
Groundcovers
Thym Thyme Thymus vulgaris
Egk Eremophila 'Kalbarri Carpet' Eremophila glabra*
Ro Creeping Rosemary (Prostrate) Rosnarinus offcinalis
Shrubs
Br Pony Tail Palm Beaucamea recurvata
Cm Natal Plum Carissa macrocarpa
El Berrigan Eremophila longifolia*
Ff Mauritius Hemp Furcraea foetida
Grasses/Strappy Leaf Plants
Alf Cape Aloe or Bitter Aloe Aloe ferox
Sans Mother in Laws Tongue Sansevieria trifasciata
Trees
Bc Jigal Native Bauhinia Bauhinia cunninghamii

Mediterranean garden designs for the North West

* These species are endemic to WA

The ideal garden for our Western Australian climate, a native garden will look attractive, can provide year round flowering and will attract birds and wildlife.

Plant Species

List of plant species that would best suit a native garden in the north west of WA
Abrv. Common name Botanical name
Groundcovers
Swf Sturts Desert Pea Swainsona formosa*
Swm Ashburton Pea Swainsona maccullochiana*
Shrubs
Ef Burra Eremophila fraseri*
Ed Slender Fuchsia Eremophila decipiens*
El Berrigan Eremophila longifolia*
Gc Gomphrena 'Pink Gem' Gomphrena flaccida*
Grw Wickham's Holly Grevillea Grevillea wickhamii*
Pel Tall Mulla Mulla Ptilotus exaltatus*
Grasses/Strappy Leaf Plants
Dc Flax Lily 'Cassa Blue' Dianella caerula
Trees
Brac Rock Kurrajong Brachychiton acuminatus *Δ
Eucm Manowan Woollybutt Eucalyptus miniata*
Hl Corkwood or Witinti Hakea lorea Δ

Native garden designs for the North West

* These species are endemic to WA
Δ Optional species (not included in illustration)

Having your own vegetable garden is a great way to enjoy fresh and healthy produce. It is possible regardless of your garden size and using waterwise gardening techniques will minimise your water use.

The location of your garden and what you create it in are important decisions when establishing your garden. Vegetables need a good source of sunlight; somewhere not too sunny in summer with sufficient sunlight in winter is ideal. A spot protected from wind by a building or hedge will keep your vegetables happy.

When choosing where to establish your garden, if space is limited, a raised container is ideal as they keep the garden contained and can be moved to suit the weather conditions.

If you have plenty of space a garden bed can be established in the ground, as it involves less set up but can’t be moved.

Deciding what to grow and planting seasonal vegetables will ensure the best results and minimise water use. By planting from seeds you can stagger when the vegetables are ready and planting from seedlings will see them mature at once. Whichever you choose, make sure you plant vegetables that will be eaten and put to good use. Hand watering twice a week or installing sub-irrigation or drippers will see the best results in your garden. For more details on waterwise gardening techniques for your vegetable garden visit our waterwise garden section.

By transforming your verge into a waterwise garden you will create an attractive hassle-free garden that requires less upkeep.

Before planning your verge, check with your local council for any guidelines or restrictions in place.

To transform your lawned verge firstly apply a herbicide with glyphosate as the active ingredient. After a few months, the lawn will breakdown and act as a source of nutrients for new plants. There is no need to remove the lawn, just plot out the design and dig holes for the new plants and watch your new waterwise verge come to life.

Verge garden designs Mid West

Plant Species

List of plant species that would best suit a verge garden in the north west of WA
Abrv. Common name Botanical name
Groundcovers
Hp Snake Bush Hemiandra pungens
Gro Grevillia 'Gin Gin Gem' Grevillea obtusifolia
Grcu Grevillea 'Flat Jack' Grevillea curviloba
Adc Adenanthos 'Coral Carpet' Adenanthos cuneatus
Egc

Eremophila 'Compactum'

Eremphila glabra
Kp Running Postman Kennedia prostrata
Myp Creeping Boobialla Myoporum parvifolium
Ega Eremophila 'Amber Carpet' Eremophila glabra
Low Shrubs
Bn Honeypot Dryandra Banksia nivea
Al Acacia lasiocarpa Acacia lasiocarpa
Oa Olearia 'Little Smokie' Olearia axillaris
Wd Westringia 'Jervis Gem' Westringia dampieri
Grasses/Strappy Leaf Plants
Conc Grey Cottonheads Conostylis candicans
Myp Creeping Boobialla Myoporum parvifolium
Anm Kangaroo Paw Angiozanthus manglesii
Po Native Iris or Purple Flag Pattersonia occidentalis
D Dianella 'Silver Streak' Dianella
Dr

Dianella 'Little Rev'

Dianella revoluta
Fn Knotted Club Rush Ficinia nodosa
Lc Little Con Lomandra confertifolia
Bj Bare Twig-rush Baumea juncea

Watering your new garden

A typical suburban block will thrive on irrigation on 2 watering days per week in summer (half that in spring and autumn).

If planting a new garden, you can ensure it gets the best chance to establish itself by applying for a watering exemption. Once your garden is established you will need to abide by the state-wide watering rosters and daytime sprinkler ban between 9am and 6pm.

Look for the Waterwise symbol

waterwise logoFor professional assistance with saving water in and around your home and garden, contact a Waterwise Garden Centre, Garden Designer, Garden Irrigator, Irrigation Design Shop, Landscaper, Plumber or Water Auditor.

When creating your new garden look for Waterwise and Smart Approved WaterMark symbols when choosing gardening products such as mulch, plants, greywater systems and sprinklers.