If you have been considering having a concrete pool built on your property it is understandable that you may have been switching back and forth in terms of giving the go-ahead. After all a concrete pool can be a considerable investment, and there is also the inevitable upheaval in your garden as it is being built.

Nevertheless, for the vast majority of people who decided to have a concrete pool installed, they are normally delighted that they said yes, and are now enjoying the benefits of it. If you are still unsure, let us go through some of those benefits for you, in the hope that it helps get closer to your decision.

Unlimited Design Options

Apart from the limits placed upon the design by the available space in your garden, and ensuring everything is safe, there are really no other limits on how you have your concrete pool designed. This means it can be made to any shape you want, any depth you want, and you have a free choice as to  the style and colour of the tiles inside the pool.

Customisable Features

As well as having a huge range of custom options for the concrete pool itself, you have even greater choice with regards to what you have around your pool too. This relates to all the furniture and other design features for those who sit around the pool, as well as any items that enhance the pool such as slides and diving boards.

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Oyster Plant Acanthus MollisA common problem that homeowners face when carrying out landscaping tasks is deciding what plants to have. Sure, you could just choose all the plants you like, but will they survive an intense Australian summer?

Think about your climate, and let the rising mercury decide. Read on to learn about some of the hardiest landscaping plants to survive those harsh temperatures.

Oyster Plant – Acanthus Mollis

Plants have adapted over time to thrive or at least survive in full sun. Some make sure their stems and trunks can retain water, while others grow hairy or skinny leaves. The oyster plant remains beautiful and original, all while managing full sun and partial shade.

The oyster plant is evergreen and grows well in most parts of Australia. You can grow it in borders, pots, and even mass planting situations. It has tall purple and white flowers that grow year-round, and you only need to worry about providing it with a slow-release fertiliser once per year. Essentially, this plant thrives on neglect.

Fraser Island Apple – Acronychia Imperforata
If you have been looking for plants to attract wildlife to your landscaping, then start with the Fraser Island Apple. This evergreen tree has mini berries and is a massive drawcard for the blue tiger butterfly. It grows big and strong with dark glossy leaves, and it has a stunning cream summer blossom.

What people also like about this plant is that it thrives in sunny and partial shade conditions. It doesn’t like frost, but it’s overall reasonably hardy. It’s even suitable for coastal areas and exposed gardens from Queensland to New South Wales.

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Iris FlowersWhile much of Australia experiences blistering hot temperatures at various times of the year, some parts of the country can get quite wet. As a result, homeowners must think long and hard about their landscaping to ensure their plants will survive and thrive.

Whether you live in Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania, or somewhere equally as prone to rainfall, read on. Here are some of the best landscape plants for wet climates. You’ll be pleased you did your homework.


Irises are a showy perennial that adds much-needed vibrancy to any section. Whether you’re starting your garden from scratch or you’re investing in landscaping, they are certainly worth having around.

Iris flowers thrive in many different climates, including sub-tropical, cold, warm, semi-arid, and wet. Most importantly for those who live in a damp area, they love wet conditions. In fact, they require regular watering if you don’t tend to get a lot of rainfall.

Plant irises in deep, well-drained soil in full sunshine and watch as they thrive. This beautiful flower will not disappoint with its vibrancy and hardiness.Read more…

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Garden OasisAccording to the Black Dog Institute, 20 percent of Australians between 16-85 have experienced mental illness. With that in mind, incorporating a peaceful paradise into your landscaping design may be able to offer much-needed calm and clarity after a stressful day.

But how do you know where to begin? Read on to learn how you can create a peaceful paradise in your back yard.

Welcome Water

Having a waterfall, pond, stream, or fountain is a beautiful addition to any landscaping design. Still, while it’s lovely, it can also have a surprising effect on your mental health. Plenty of studies show that being next to water allows for calmness, creativity, improved sleep, and focus.

It can also be a focal point in your yard, which means you can develop a beautiful garden around it and improve your home’s appeal.

Make Privacy a Priority

When you are trying to relax after a busy day of work, having a sanctuary in your yard can be the right answer. However, seeing your neighbours hanging out their washing or listening to them chatter in their own properties can have the opposite effect.

Talk to your local landscaper about how you can make garden privacy a priority. Invest in divider walls, trellis, and partitions to welcome a sense of privacy. Tall plants can also dampen sounds if noisy neighbours are a problem.

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privacy wallPrivacy plays a massive part in how much time you spend in your own backyard. Still, without the best landscaping, it’s not always that easy to get. How are you supposed to feel relaxed and free to be yourself when neighbouring properties are staring in? It’s easier to achieve than you think.

  1. Tall Fencing

The most obvious solution to achieve privacy is tall fencing. If your current perimeter fencing is looking a little worse for wear, then consider your options surrounding an upgrade. Changing your fences may rely on your neighbours to agree to it, but it can benefit both properties once it’s complete.

  1. Privacy Screens

Sometimes, it’s not the entire yard you want to keep private, but your entertaining area instead. There’s something quite invasive about spending time with friends and family, only to be able to see your neighbour hanging their washing on the line.

Fortunately, privacy screens are something that are effortless to incorporate into your landscape design. You can buy all manner of permanent and temporary ones and screen off the area you intend to keep private.

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Swimming PoolsIf you have just made it through a particularly sweltering summer without a swimming pool, then well done. Nearly three million Australians were able to cool off in their backyard pools, and you battled through without one. But could next summer be the one that you start looking at your pool and landscaping options?

Before you jump into the installation process, take a moment to think about what you want. Here are a few helpful hints and things to consider before installing a swimming pool.

Who Will You Get to Install it?

A swimming pool can either be something you incorporate seamlessly into your landscaping design or something that detracts from it. What you end up with can depend on who you choose to install it.

Some of the best landscape designers can offer the full package, above and beyond just pool installation. They can help with various pool options, heating, water features, wading areas, poolside plants, and even lighting. You can end up with not only a pool, but a beautiful feature in your back yard.

The Size and Shape

Unlike inflatable pools, built-in ones have very few limitations regarding size and shape. In fact, your only real barriers are your property boundary and budget.

If you are not sure what shape and size will work best with home styling and configuration, then ask the experts. Landscaping professionals in your area will be more than happy to show you past builds and potential options that tick all the boxes for your needs.

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Autumn RubyWhether you’re in WA, QLD, NT, or another hot state in Australia, you’ll likely struggle to achieve the landscaping you desire. After all, many plants need water to thrive, and the hot summer sun combined with temperatures over 30 degrees-Celsius gives you limited options.

But while options for what plants you can have are limited, they aren’t lacking. Read on to learn what are some of the best landscape plants for dry climates in Australia.

Amber Velvet

Amber velvet is a mid-sized kangaroo paw plant that grows up to 40cm high and 50cm wide. You can plant it in the ground, in pots, and low maintenance gardens and landscapes. It’s clear to see that amber velvet is as versatile as they come.

This plant thrives in well-drained soil in full sun and has a beautifully vibrant flower that can add a much-needed attitude to any garden. The best part is, it thrives in some of the hotter states in Australia like WA, QLD, VIC, and NSW.

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party paradise landscapingEveryone has different landscaping dreams. Some people want that sprawling lawn and cottage garden. In contrast, others desire a peaceful and relaxing space with water features and cobblestone paths. Then some want somewhere they can hang out with friends and family, a place of fun and excitement.

Landscaping for entertainment can take a lot of planning, and even an expert with an eye for detail. But one thing’s for sure; there is a lot you can do under the name of entertaining. Read on to learn how you can turn your backyard into a party paradise.

  1. Create a Focal Point

Nothing in your landscape design should ever be random. There needs to be a point of focus, so what will it be? Some people like to install a spa or swimming pool, as this tends to be the significant drawcard for a gathering of friends. Swimming pools and spas can also be a pleasant way to unwind after a hard week at work or a way to cool down or warm up.

  1. Let There Be Light

Entertaining can be a daytime event or a night-time one, but day can soon turn into night. Cater for both. You can install both temporary and permanent forms of lighting into your softscape and hardscape elements. For example, a landscape expert may recommend inbuilt lighting in any steps, or angled lighting in your plants. Something as simple as solar lighting can have a striking effect.

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