Outdoors

Planting beyond tomorrow: selecting resilient trees for your garden

A tree planted today will (hopefully) still be thriving more than a century from now. But with many established trees already stressed by climate extremes, Michael Tanner explains how to factor in the future when selecting resilient trees for your garden.

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Green facades

Green facades are a contemporary take on something we have been doing for centuries: growing plants on walls. Climbing plants can shield your home, studio, or garage from direct sunlight, and are an effective way to reduce the internal temperature of a house in summer.

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Small spaces gardening

Higher density living affects outdoor spaces as well as our homes – but small in size doesn’t have to mean short on greenery. Kate Smalley from Small Spaces Garden Design explains how to make the most of courtyards, balconies and vertical spaces.

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Gimme shelter: Birdscaping

Designing outdoor spaces to attract birds is a wonderful way to conserve, create and reconnect habitat. Sarah Coles speaks to Bev Debrincat from the Habitat Network about the best ways to birdscape your garden.

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A better shade of grey: Grey water in your garden

Potable water is becoming the world’s liquid gold, and in the driest continent on earth, it’s priceless.
Horticulturist Michael Tanner outlines how you can help save this precious resource by going grey in the garden.

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In the zone: Zoning your garden

Many gardens in Australia need to cope with extended dry periods, but there may well be times when they battle the opposite problem. Horticulturist Michael Tanner gives some tips on zoning your garden to make the most of nature’s most precious resource.

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Did You Know?

Up to 60 per cent of the water used in an average home is used outside.