Greener Spaces Better Places spokespeople reveal their top tips for keeping a sustainable garden – whether you have a few indoor pots, a herb-filled patio, or a thriving backyard of cacti and wildflowers.
1. Plant blue flowers for the bees
The garden has become a hub for encouraging lively habitats, with a huge resurgence towards saving the birds and the bees (biodiversity!). Over the past year, a survey by Greener Spaces Better Places revealed Australia’s biggest driver to buy more plants is to bring colour into the home.
Bonnie-Marie Hibbs, Horticulturist and Gardening Writer, shares her best tip for creating a more colourful and lively biodiversity hotspot.
“For bees, plant blue. There’s just something about this colour that they love. My absolute favourite is the annual species Borago officinalis. When bees take the pollen from the flower, it shifts from blue to lilac. It’s incredible to see the work of the bees happening around your garden through a shift in colour.”
2. Tap into the natural air conditioning of nature with a little DIY
Greening our homes and neighbourhoods with plants, shrubs, and trees, can greatly help to mitigate heat. Embrace the natural air conditioner of nature by planting at the base, the sides, and overhead to create cooling pockets of shade that last long term.
Tammy Huynh, Horticulturist and Plant Stylist, says,
“All sorts of non-traditional vines are being used to grow overhead green cover, like pumpkins or zucchini. For those wanting to maximise their space, you can get a green roof plus your produce. For something more long-term, the native Hardenbergia or false sarsaparilla [hardenbergia violaceae] bursting into lilac flowers, is an all-time favourite. Once established, it’s resilient to dry summers. Other options include star jasmine [trachelospermum jasminoides] or native wisteria [hardenbergia comptoniana].”