Before and After: Dry Spell Gardening

Before and After: Dry Spell Gardening

Jenny Butler
Mar 24, 2009

Our garden is looking mighty sad after the incredibly dry and hot summer Victoria has experienced this year. With water restrictions firmly in place, watering every day was off limits so we could only choose a few important plants to save. While researching some options on how to revive a drought damaged garden we came across a local make-over TV show called "Dry Spell Gardening" which knocked our socks off. Making over a whole range of gardens across Australia was fun to watch but we also picked up some simple ideas to help you update your garden. See more after the jump...

While it's an interesting show, we certainly don't have $20-30,000 [YIKES!] to spend on a garden make-over and in some case we're unsure of where exactly the money went! However there are some simple ideas that anyone can apply to their garden to give it a fresh feel...

  • Maintain the greenery: Be constant with pruning trees, mowing lawns and pulling out weeds. If you do this regularly it will be less of an effort and less painful in the long run.
  • Layer the greenery: Common sense really, when plotting your garden big plants go at the back of the garden while small go at the front. Makes small gardens feel bigger and will show off your plants better.
  • Update ground surfaces: Cleaning up moldy or dull existing pavers, re-oil any decking, tidy up those pebbles and mow the lawns.
  • Add color: Plain plant pots can be spruced up with splashes of paint or brighten up old furniture with cushions from IKEA, discount stores or make your own and don't forget to plant plants with colorful flowers.
  • Pot Plants: Perfect solution for renters and people who have limited garden space. We think they look fantastic clustered on decking and paving too.  
  • Furniture: As Rebecca showed us last week, it doesn't need to cost a fortune to create an amazing outdoor space.

We'll be getting out into the garden this weekend, do you have any other simple tips to give gardens a quick, fresh feel?

For more great garden make-overs check out the Dry Spell Gardening Website.

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