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Plants for Different Moods


Some gardens are quiet, peaceful places, while others are vibrant and lively.

By choosing and using plants in a particular way, you are able to create a distinct atmosphere that suits what you want.

Different types of plants tend to create different types of moods in a garden. It is advised to choose the moods (or styles) you want, then go for the plants which create those feelings.

Your Preferred Mood Some Plants to Achieve This Comments

Natural Bush Natives, Rainforest The aim here is to

plants choose and use plants in

a way that recreates

natural environments.

Cluttered Using a wide variety of Weeds don't look so out

plant types, colours, of place, neither do

textures. marked or chewed

leaves, because another

bit of variation in the

patchwork of foliage

doesn't stand out.

Protected/Enclosed Large trees, conifers, Anything tall or anything

creepers on trellis or lower with dense foliage

pergolas and height over 2 metres

Informal Australian Natives The aim is to create

Cottage garden plants irregular planting designs

(no set patterns) using,

as much as possible,

plants with irregular


Neat & Tidy Lawns, Conifers, hedged Any plants with a neat,

plants or clipped appearance, or

regular (symmetrical)


Lively/Bright Bulbs, Annual flowers, Any plants with a striking

ornamental prunus display of bright coloured

(eg: peaches, almonds), flowers or foliage

photinia (red foliage) (eg: reds, oranges, bright yellows).

Peaceful/Relaxing Water Plants, Weeping Plants, Also pale or pastel

fine foliage colours (eg: pinks, lilacs,

pale blues).

Fantasy, exotic Cacti & succulents

Palms, orchids, Palms provide an exotic

many tropicals cooler gardens

Rural Fruit Trees, vegetables Domestic animals such

herbs as ducks, hens, goats

can heighten the effect.

Academically Rare Plants. Plants with This type of garden

interesting unusual shapes, growth habits suits plant enthusiasts

reproductive methods. Are you one?


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