Ideas for Your Garden: Shrubs as Decorative Elements

Gardens have always been the part built for enjoyment, especially today unlike in the past days when it was primarily used for growing your own produce. After a hard day’s work, when you feel your energy is drained, imagine soaking up the sun, charging your energy levels with a nice cup of tea in the relaxation of your own garden. Bonus points if you have the space for a hammock, if not just place a chair and you are good to go. As you might have already heard all greenery is beneficial for humans and it is no surprise designers suggest plants should be a mandatory part of the office interior. Being in the company of plants has immense effects on a person’s full well-being, so it is advisable to use the space of your garden to add more plants and surround yourself with greenery.

Australian Shrubs

Whatever your type of soil, be it wet or dry, alkaline or acidic, the shrub can thrive in any. And while it can be planted any time, it is good to avoid the scorching sun of summer days and plant it during the warm days of autumn or spring. It is a woody plant though differing from trees in height and the amount of stems, however just as trees it can be deciduous, evergreen and semi-evergreen and whichever you choose you are sure to add to the beauty of the garden.

When you get to the decision to purchase shrubs, you will come across a plethora of Australian shrubs so it is important to have their purpose in mind, whether they will simply be used as decorative elements to add some liveliness and colour in your garden or do you want them to be equally functional as they are decorative and provide you some privacy. Here are some Australian shrubs to give you an idea of what to use in your own garden.

Grevillea rhyolitica (Deua Flame)

This shrub with its notable coral-red flowers would be the perfect addition to your yard if it is colour you are after. Moderately growing and full of leaves, this shrub requires dry soil conditions and has low water needs. It can be seen at the Deua National Park, growing in volcanic soil.

Westringia (Wynyabbie Gem)

The Wynyabbie Gem is part of the Lamiaceae family and is an evergreen shrub with margined slender green leaves that can grow up to two metres and can reach two metres in width and it grows best in sunny conditions. The lavender blue coloured leaves add to its charm.

Pittosporum “Golf Ball” (Dwarf Pittosporum)

This is another evergreen shrub, but as you might guess from its name, it does not grow much, only up to 40cm in height and width. It has mint-green leaves with tiny purple flowers and it thrives best in sun and semi shade conditions.

Euphorbia wulfenii

Another dwarfish shrub, only growing up to 1.5m in height and width, this type of shrub is sparsely-branched with oblong leaves and greenish-yellow flowers and it grows best in well-drained soil.