Garden design

Whether you're adding a few new plants or redesigning your whole garden, incorporating a waterwise design into your garden is always a great idea.

As our state experiences the effects of climate change, more West Australians are embracing fresh water thinking and switching to waterwise plants and gardening practices. Waterwise plants aren't just beautiful and full of colour – they're easy to maintain too!

Often referred to as hydrozoning, creating zones based on plant needs allows you to set up your garden with irrigation stations which will deliver the required amount of water for the plants, as well as help prioritise maintenance and fertilising requirements.

Think about the following zone types when setting up your garden:

  • Primary: These are high demand water areas and may require daily watering by hand. Examples include vegetable gardens.
  • Secondary: These are moderate demand water areas and thrive on the two days a week watering roster. Examples include turf and ornamentals.
  • Minimal: These are low demand water areas and may only require hand watering in the hotter months. Examples include established natives.

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Combine these principles with our waterwise designs and plants and you will be on your way to creating a functional, attractive garden that will thrive in our conditions.

Here are some guides and design ideas to help you create a waterwise garden appropriate for your region:


Mid West region

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Mid West region

This area covers the Gascoyne, Mid West, Goldfields-Esperance and Wheatbelt – including Lancelin to Exmouth and inland to Norseman.

North West region

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North West region

This area covers the Kimberly and Pilbara region, including Onslow, Paraburdoo and Newman upwards.

Perth and the South West region

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Perth and the South West region

This area covers the Perth Metropolitan, Peel, South West and Great Southern Region – including Perth, Albany and Esperance.