ground cover Dichondra repens

Ground Cover Inspiration!

Highlighting ground cover use in the garden, @globallandscapes_kelsy proudly showed photos of this South Yarra project.

Plant Tiles of native ground cover Dichondra repens were easily cut to shape to fill between paving stones to provide an instant, mature, professional finish to the garden design. This low growing ground cover has small lily-like leaves that beautifully soften the hardscape pavers. Great design and construction www.globallandscapes.com.au !

  

 

 

MIFGS

2019 MIFGS Gold Show Garden

Huge Congratulations to MUSA Landscape Architecture winning the prestigious title of Gold Show Garden in the 2019 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS). MIFGS is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest garden event with over 103,000 people attending the 2019 five day show.

The Show Garden was entitled Journey and was an exploration of mental health in collaboration with Beyond Blue.

Ryan McMahon designed and coordinated the garden saying “The garden ended in a metal structure that swayed slightly in the wind, each piece peels back a bit more than the one before representing someone ‘opening up’ and reconnecting with friends and family at the end of their journey to improved mental health.”

Time and materials were donated including our unique Plant Tiles of native Dichondra repens, depicted in strips between beautiful, large sandstone pavers.

    

People's Choice - Plant Tiles

People’s Choice Award winning entry in 2019 MIFGS

Congratulations to Travis Overend for his People’s Choice Award winning entry in the 2019 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show! Entered in the Avenue of Achievable Gardens, Travis used our Plant Tiles of native Dichondra repens to infill between the pavers, softening the hardscape.

“Wouldn’t of looked like this without your help. Thanks so much to your team.”
– Travis Overend from @travisoverend
 

First Class Grass Landscaping

New variety! White Star Creeper

This pretty, evergreen, ground cover with dainty, white flowers is ideal for sunny / part shaded areas such as between paving stones, bordering garden beds or cascading over rockeries.

The variety is known under several names including White Star Creeper, Lobelia angulata, Pratia angulata, White Stars, Stars, Panakenake, Pratia pusila or Trailing pratia.

Growing in full sun to semi-shade, White Star Creeper has a small, deep green, rounded leaf and gently creeps out to form a dense, low growing carpet.

Imagine! A sea of wee white flowers!

Read more here

 

Epic Driveway with Planttiles Dichondra

Managed to finish off this epic driveway today with the inclusion of the Dichondra @planttiles. About 35000 @bamstone_bluestonecobbles laid at this incredible project that we have been involved in over the past 12 months for a great client! Garden designed by @mudoffice Architecture by @robsonrakarchitects – Greener Visions

Use Ground Cover Plants As Living Mulch

It is well known that gardeners are encouraged to use mulch to cover the bare soil in garden beds. Mulching promotes several positive factors including

  • Assisting to maintain a constant temperature for the roots of plants as it can provide wonderful insulation against the elements.
  • Helping to discourage the growth of weed seeds that may blow in as they cannot take root directly into the soil and acts to suppress seeds that may be harboured in the soil.
  • Keeping moisture in the soil so the hot sun cannot penetrate and evaporate the topsoil – a bit like wearing a hat on a summer day.
  • Stopping soil from being blown away in strong wings or eroded in heavy rain.
  • Looking aesthetically pleasing – much better than looking at dry, dusty soil.

Basically, plants that have their root zones covered in mulch grow better.

Mulch can be inorganic such as pebbles or gravel or can be organic such as bark chips or sugarcane mulch. However, both can be messy or may break down over time so re-mulching can be an on-going chore.

HOT TIP!

Many landscapers, landscape architects and permaculturalists promote the use groundcovers as a living mulch.

A living mulch is a low growing groundcover that not only assists with the list of the positive factors mentioned above, but also provides a softer backdrop to the larger plants. The roots of groundcovers can also help to bind, or hold, the soil together which is particularly useful during storms or floods when other mulches may wash away.

Living mulches can be groundcovers with interesting textured or coloured leaves and flowers. Depending on the variety, the groundcovers may add humus and nutrients into the soil as well as providing a micro environment to harbour, and attract, beneficial insects such as bees to your garden.

Groundcovers are any low growing, mat forming plants. This may include herbs such as thyme or Corsican mint or the many other perennial plants which are easily available from most nurseries.

As many urban house lots become smaller, so do the size of the gardens. Many people still want an open space but do not want the maintenance of the historical backyard lawn. Just the cost of purchasing a mower for a small area is not economical and time poor owners do not want the ongoing chore of mowing a lawn.

ON TREND!

Groundcover plants can make wonderful no mow lawn alternatives and are right on trend.

In The Past

Establishing large areas of ground covers for living mulch or an alternative lawn was extremely time consuming and a lot of work.

To cover even a small area, gardeners needed to purchase many small pots or plugs, which had to be laboriously planted individually, and tended for weeds, whilst waiting months for the plants to slowly grow together. Areas not covered by groundcovers had to be regularly tended for weeds.

NOW

Our unique Plant Tiles of low growing ground covers come in custom designed ® trays measuring 330mm x 330mm and just 22mm deep.

The Tiles are incredibly easy to install, can be cut or shaped as required, and, having air pruned roots, will take to the bed you have prepared or sculptured in no time! Instant results!

Plant Tiles provide full ground cover for the area giving the immediate, positive effects of mulching.

There are several varieties available to suit your particular situation. For more information to assist you in choosing which variety is right for you visit https://www.planttiles.com.au/plant-selection/ or email imagine@planttiles.com.au

 

Parks Alive

Parks Alive at Roma St Parklands

The Horticulturists for the Roma Street Parklands in Brisbane were delighted with the quick result when they used our Plant Tiles of no mow Zoysia tenuifolia to infill the Parks Alive signage.

“The Zoysia (tenuifolia) worked a treat in the sign and drew lots of attention. ” – Matthew Hayes, Assistant  Horticultural Supervisor, ROMA STREET PARKLAND.

Living Signs attract people’s attention as it is fresh, green and, at this stage, unusual. It was a wonderful idea to use this to set the scene as it creates a visual impact directly relating the outdoor event. The whole space around a Living Sign is more attractive simply because of the plants used as opposed to traditional man made plastic signage.

“Parks Alive is a fantastic free event showcasing the stunning splendour of Roma Street Parkland. Set over two days, the event is jam-packed with engaging and unique displays, family-friendly activities, guided Parkland tours, demonstrations by experts, horticulture workshops, live music and gourmet food.” – www.parksalive.com.au

 

Parks Alive

Dichondra repens

Easily Cut Plant Tiles for Instant Infill Between Paving

Newly installed Plant Tiles cut into strips and put in between paving by Josh Norman Landscapes www.normanlandscapes.com.au

Looks wonderful Josh!

Great design by Mud Office www.mudoffice.com.au using native Dichondra repens to soften the hardscape. Find out more about Dichondra repens here.

 

Dichondra lawn

Dichondra Lawn

Dichondra Lawn a Winner with the Kids!

Depicting After/Before photos of a gorgeous alternative lawn laid using our Plant Tiles of Dichondra repens. “Our children love walking on it”, said the delighted client.