Adelaide Landscaping tips: What suits Adelaide’s weather?

As any good gardener and landscaping expert knows, the key to creating a successful landscape is to ensure you have the right plants and design for the weather conditions and climate.

And, as any good Adelaide roofing company (or landscaper) knows, the Adelaide weather can be an extremely challenging climate to operate in. In particular, gardens and landscapes in Adelaide require some extremely specialised knowledge to get the best out of any landscaping project.

So if you want to be successful in your gardening or landscaping project, follow these tips and you will be guaranteed to see the best results!

Soil quality:

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It’s not only the weather that you need to take into account when designing your landscape. In fact one of the most important things to consider is the quality of the soil. Seek a landscaping expert who will be able to advise you on your specific soil, or ask people in your area what they have had the most success with in terms of planting.

Water Usage:

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Before you plant anything, ask yourself whether you’ll be able to comply with its watering needs all year round.

Adelaide can often lack rainfall for months on end so you need to be prepared with plants that do not require regular watering or can survive for periods when water is scarce.

Get Inspired:

Despite its often extreme climate, Adelaide doesn’t come close to some of the desert climes around the world. Get inspired by the plants that thrive in these barren areas. 

  • Agaves: with the vast variety of types, colours and sizes, agaves can be an excellent option which will blend in with whatever design or colour scheme you have created. They generally require about 3 inches or more rainfall a year to be at their best.
  • Rosemary: this herb is hugely popular in cooking (think roast potatoes and roast chicken) and originally came from the Mediterranean. It adapts brilliantly to hot, dry climate and has a delicious scent.
  • Aloes: there are many different varities of aloe however the most famous is aloe vera which is often used in the treatments of burns and as a pain relief. Aloes generally work best in a protected setting or on the East side of a building.
  • Cacti: everybody loves cacti however few people know that as well as their characteristic spikes, they can also bloom into beautiful flowers. They can be an excellent decorative plant alongside doubling as a security measure.

 The real key to anything successful landscaping in the Adelaide regions is to pay careful attention to the natural elements that your plants will need to adapt to.

If water is in short supply, don’t waste time or money planting varieties that require constant hydration. According to All Type Roofing, you need to “…take the time to observe your garden and those around you to figure out what works best.”

Landscape design for beginners

5 best practices for absolute beginners in landscaping

Landscapes have been designed for years. It’s an incredibly important practice for creating environments that are optimized and aesthetically pleasing, and it’s also easy to make just a few changes with dramatic results.

If you’re just beginning, don’t be afraid to try things out and have a little fun with landscape design.

If you’re just starting out, you probably won’t be able to do this just yet!
  1. What do you need?

Think about how you use your landscape. Is it a corporate space that needs to project a certain image, or is it a family home that you want to be welcoming and functional?

Figure out exactly what you need from your landscape and observe the way that you use it day to day. Keep a notebook with ideas and scout around for ideas online or from places you’ve visited.

For more tips on what you might need to get your landscaping career underway, check out this wikipedia page on landscaping.

  1. Consider your environment

Light is going to be one of your key factors to consider, closely linked to the climate and weather that surrounds your landscape.

Don’t ignore the natural elements, instead try to work with them and allow them to filter into your design ideas. Consider factors such as the sun and the wind, and think how these change with seasons and time of day.

  1. Be in your space

The best way to get a feel for what a landscape needs in terms of design is by actually being in it.

If it’s a new home, take some time to simply live there and work out what it is that you feel is missing or would add to the overall experience.

If you’re landscape designing a more commercial or corporate space, ask users for their opinion and input.

  1. Baby steps

Dramatic make overs can seem exciting at first however don’t rush into things and make huge changes that you may later regret.

Be thoughtful and consider all your decisions fully before going ahead.

It’s OK to make gradual changes and don’t be afraid to go off your initial plan and adapt it if necessary.

Here’s a time lapse video illustrating how long it actually takes to do a back yard makeover and make improvements to a home.

  1. Pick a Focus

The most successful landscape designs are often focused around one key point. This could be a central room, a structure, an element of your home or work space.

Work out where this would be in your particular landscape and adjust the surrounding elements accordingly.

Giving your design a focus will help things to feel more organized and cohesive.