Transforming your verge into a waterwise garden will create an attractive, low maintenance garden.

Saying goodbye to your verge’s lawn and replacing it with a waterwise garden can help you to:

  • save water in the garden
  • create a beautiful greenspace for your street
  • create a cooling effect and counteract ‘heat island’ effects in summer
  • provide ecological benefits, such as providing habitat for local wildlife and promoting biodiversity.

Watch this video for tips on how to makeover your verge.

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Council guidelines

Before planning your verge, check with your local council for any guidelines or restrictions. It’s also essential to confirm any existing underground services, so that no assets are damaged or interfered with. You can do this by visiting the Dial Before You Dig website.

Preparing your verge

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.

Designing your verge garden

Here are a few simple designs to help you create an attractive, waterwise and low maintenance verge.

Example of a verge garden design for the Mid West region

Choosing your plants

Use our waterwise plants tool to find plants that grow best in your local area’s soil type. Your local Waterwise Garden Centre can also help with a range of waterwise plants and products available, as well as expert advice. 

Plants and flowers under 70cm high are best, so that they are not blocking the line of sight of pedestrians, bike riders or car drivers. If you live on a corner block or near an intersection there may be other height restrictions in place – check with your local council before you start planting. 

List of recommended plants for a verge garden
Abrv. Common name Botanical name
 Hp Snake Bush Hemiandra pungens
Gro Grevillea '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 postrata
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


Ideally your waterwise verge won’t need a permanent irrigation system to be installed. 

If you do require irrigation, we recommend sub-surface drip irrigation. This will be most efficient given the exposed conditions typical of verges.  If you need help with irrigation, your local Waterwise Irrigator or Irrigation Design Store can help.  

Incentive schemes

Contact your local council to find out if they have an incentive scheme for waterwise verges or offer free or subsidised native plants to local residents. Some councils also have verge guidelines and demonstration verges available for you to visit.