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Plants for Different Moods
CREATE A MOOD WITH PLANTS
Some gardens are quiet, peaceful places, while others are vibrant and lively.
By choosing and using plants in a particular way, you are able to create a distinct atmosphere that suits what you want.
Different types of plants tend to create different types of moods in a garden. It is advised to choose the moods (or styles) you want, then go for the plants which create those feelings.
Your Preferred Mood Some Plants to Achieve This Comments
Natural Bush Natives, Rainforest The aim here is to
plants choose and use plants in
a way that recreates
Cluttered Using a wide variety of Weeds don't look so out
plant types, colours, of place, neither do
textures. marked or chewed
leaves, because another
bit of variation in the
patchwork of foliage
doesn't stand out.
Protected/Enclosed Large trees, conifers, Anything tall or anything
creepers on trellis or lower with dense foliage
pergolas and height over 2 metres
Informal Australian Natives The aim is to create
Cottage garden plants irregular planting designs
(no set patterns) using,
as much as possible,
plants with irregular
Neat & Tidy Lawns, Conifers, hedged Any plants with a neat,
plants or clipped appearance, or
Lively/Bright Bulbs, Annual flowers, Any plants with a striking
ornamental prunus display of bright coloured
(eg: peaches, almonds), flowers or foliage
photinia (red foliage) (eg: reds, oranges, bright yellows).
Peaceful/Relaxing Water Plants, Weeping Plants, Also pale or pastel
fine foliage colours (eg: pinks, lilacs,
Fantasy, exotic Cacti & succulents
Palms, orchids, Palms provide an exotic
many tropicals cooler gardens
Rural Fruit Trees, vegetables Domestic animals such
herbs as ducks, hens, goats
can heighten the effect.
Academically Rare Plants. Plants with This type of garden
interesting unusual shapes, growth habits suits plant enthusiasts
reproductive methods. Are you one?
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