9 Aussie Gardening and Landscaping Blogs to Inspire You

Published by Armstone, 19 January, 2016

After some inspiration for Australian gardens and landscape projects, from people who know the Aussie environment better than anyone? Here’s some of the best Aussie gardening and landscaping blogs we’ve found, have a browse and get out there with your green thumb!

1. Michael Cooke

Michael Cooke is a garden designer by trade, based in New South Wales. On this blog you’ll find some gorgeous macro photography of plants taken by his photographer Mark, as well as smatterings of Michael’s expert knowledge of plant life. It follows the seasonal tasks Michael undertakes in his own garden, as well as the species and gardens he encounters on his travels around Australia. Michael has a poetic turn in his phrases that really expresses how much he loves nature. You’ll find great ideas on how to use certain plants, as well as what to plant in certain climates and areas. Cook also has an appreciation of architecture, and incorporates structures in his designs in an interesting way.

2. Phillip Johnson Landscapes

The Victoria-based landscaping team at Phillip Johnson create amazingly lush little grottos in their garden designs. These gardens are self-described as “sustainable habitats that help to heal the Earth” and “feel magical to live amongst”. They’re the kind of places

that fairies might lives, with lots of ferns, pools, and flowers. These garden designs seem suitable for small homes as well as large, and often make beautiful use of water features. Impressively, they’re designed to be low maintenance and self-sustaining. This blog is especially inspirational when it comes to outdoor dining areas and ponds.

3. Slow Gardener

This blog follows the garden progress of an anonymous blogger in Southeast Melbourne who goes by the name Sue Catmint. It’s a great example of how you can make a drought resistant and sustainable garden in suburban Victoria. Catmint has been working on her garden since 1979, so it’s interesting to see the progress and evolution of her little backyard Eden. She also has an avid community of commenters who also offer their insights.

4. Our Australian Gardens

This blog brings together the best of garden-spotting around the country. Three avid gardeners (Mary Jo Katter, Eamonn Katter, and Kim Woods Rabbidge) share their discoveries in various forms on this blog. There are little stories, how-to guides, and amazing photos to give you inspiration. You can browse the garden type by category as well – get ready to ooh and aah! There’s lots to look at, including Artists’ Gardens, Historic Gardens, Designed Gardens, as well as garden ideas for all manner of climates and temperatures in Australia.

5. Aussie Green Thumb

This is an excellent blog for those who keep accidentally murdering their plants. Gardening and landscape blogs can sometimes assume that you know what you’re doing, but this easy-to-read guide breaks it down for you with the basics explained in black and white. Written by Tasmanian gardeners Jarratt Horton and James Middleton, this is the ideal blog for gardening novices. Educate yourself and you can turn those garden dreams into something real in your backyard.

6. Earthwise Gardening

This blog is made by the team from Queensland organic gardening supply company Green Harvest, who are located on the Sunshine Coast hinterland. As you’d expect from the name, there’s a dominant focus on sustainable living and organic gardening on this blog. You’ll find advice on how to grow organic plants, recipes for your fruits and veggies, and sustainability articles that discuss the wider environmental picture as well. There’s a real focus on creating an online community here too, so you can find lots of stories from subscribers that may help you out on your path to organic gardening.

7. Aussie Organic Gardening

Another one for those who want to go organic, this blog is run by Lyn Bagnall, author of the book Easy Organic Gardening. Bagnell talks about how Australian gardeners can address the challenges of climate change and improve the overall health of their garden with organic practices. Bagnell has been doing this for some 40 years, so she really knows her stuff! While she’s based on the mid-North coast of NSW, she has advice for what to plant in gardens across all climates in Australia.

8. Garden Amateur

Written by Jamie from Sydney’s Inner West, this blog serves as inspiration for creating a flourishing oasis amongst the pollution and cement of the city. Posts are detailed and well-written, plus you’ll probably read them in an adorable Dad-like voice. Jamie grows vegetables that look delicious, as well as a beautiful array of flowers, and there are lots of posts to read and search through to your heart’s content.

9. Petit Paradis

While the posts on this gardening blog have been a little sparse of late, this blog is still an awesome source of information on permaculture. Based in WA, this anonymous blogger provides informative posts about how to set up a permaculture garden in suburbia. Petit Paradis has information on growing permaculture produce as well as gorgeous Western Australian blooms.