Sustainable Landscaping Designs for Australian Homes

Illustrations showing sustainable landscaping and gardening ideas for Australian homes.

Most homeowners and tradies have heard of sustainable construction practices for housing — but what about sustainable landscaping?

Sustainable landscapes take into consideration things like water conservation, energy efficiency, functionality, soil health, maintenance, permeable surfaces, and the use of recycled materials. They’re better for the environment, better for communities, and often better for the wallet, too. 

It won’t surprise you to know that we’re huge fans of sustainable landscaping practices, and we’re excited to see what other people are doing in this space. So, we wanted to share some sustainable landscape design ideas from around Australia that have caught our attention — maybe they’ll even inspire your next project!

Martin Anda: Sustainable Village in Perth

Sustainable village in Perth.

This property in Perth was featured on Gardening Australia for its sustainable ideas and shared living spaces. Environmental engineer, Martin Anda, is behind many of the ideas incorporated into the garden and landscaping. Some of our favourite features and design ideas include:

  • Careful site selection and passive solar design allowing plenty of sunlight to hit the solar panels and gardens
  • A greywater diverter unit that sends wastewater from the laundry and bathroom to a subsurface piped trench along the front garden bed 
  • Incorporating raised, flat, and layered garden beds to use the space more efficiently
  • Using deciduous plants to provide privacy and shade in summer, and sunlight in winter

💡 Product Highlight: You could use recycled concrete aggregates in subsurface landscaping and to help bring up the ground level to form garden beds at different heights. As a permeable material, crushed concrete is ideal for drainage and soil retention.

Roman Spur: Sustainable Acreage in Brisbane

Sustainable acreage, ‘Spurtopia’ in Fernvale, Brisbane.

Check out this fantastic example of a sustainable acreage property in Fernvale. Owner Roman Spur was interviewed on ABC radio and previously appeared on Gardening Australia (featuring their previous rental property in New Farm). Roman is passionate about sustainable living, and big on recycling and reusing materials on his land. One of his favourite recycled materials is corflute real estate signs — he’s used them to create a chookpen roof!

💡 Product Highlight: You could use larger pieces of recycled concrete aggregates to help create raised garden beds (even in small spaces) like Roman and his family. Check out their self-watering herb spiral garden bed for inspiration!

Mark Valencia: Sustainable Gardening in North Brisbane

Sustainable gardening and landscaping ideas from Bellmere self-sufficient backyard.

Mark Valencia is passionate about self-sufficiency and teaching others to grow food in their own backyards. He also shares a bit about sustainability, which goes hand-in-hand with self-sufficiency. Some of our favourite sustainable gardening and landscaping tips from Mark include:

  • Using gravel to fix boggy paths between garden beds — Mark recommends 20mm drainage gravel so that it won’t get washed away or caught in shoe tread  
  • How to make a wicking garden bed with a water reservoir at the bottom and soil at the top for self-watering plants
  • Adding coarse river sand or drainage gravel (recycled concrete crusher dust could work, too!) to improve water run-off and reduce muddiness in a chicken pen
  • Drainage and soil for raised garden beds –- Mark recommends using crushed granite or similar materials underneath topsoil for its excellent drainage properties 
  • Things you can upcycle for the garden, including steel gallon drums, wire waste paper baskets, umbrellas, and more

You can check out the Self Sufficient Me website and YouTube channel to learn more. As an added bonus, Mark is located in Bellmere and a fellow Moreton Bay local!

💡 Product Highlight: Crushed concrete fills could be used in the base of raised garden beds to help improve soil drainage, or to improve the drainage of footpaths between garden beds or around the chook yard.

Michael Hughes: Sustainable Gardens in NSW

 Sustainable backyard and gardening ideas in Mt Colah Sydney.

Homeowner Michael Hughes has thoughtfully planned the gardens around his home in Mt Colah (on Sydney’s northern outskirts) to minimise environmental impact and feed his family. He’s transformed the site through sustainable landscaping and design practices, including upcycling, rainwater capture, and careful planting choices. Highlights include:

  • Reusing or upcycling materials from their house renovation onsite, including a pink bathtub and sink, windows, bricks, and timber
  • Creating a no-dig food forest in the front yard (eventually for the community to pick from) that follows the existing land contours so that the garden beds catch rainwater and slow it down via a zigzag path
  • Sending stormwater into a horizontal pipe with holes in it, allowing water to drip down onto rocks below and distribute it throughout the yard without eroding the earth
  • Repurposing construction materials to create wicking garden beds and grow vegetables and herbs

💡 Product Highlight: You could use concrete drainage aggregates as part of a rainwater capture system. By redirecting water through permeable hardscaping features like rocks or recycled concrete, you can prevent soil erosion, while retaining more water on the property to grow plants and food.

Judy and Andreas: Melbourne City Block

Sustainable city gardening and landscaping ideas in Melbourne.

Judy and Andreas (featured on Gardening Australia) have incorporated an impressive number of sustainable landscaping and gardening ideas into their compact block in Melbourne, with only 66 m2 of garden space. A few of our favourite ideas are:

  • Avoiding hard surfaces in the backyard, allowing the land to absorb moisture and runoff
  • Using pipes to direct greywater directly from the shower to the garden
  • Rainwater tanks that collect water from the roof
  • Planting in raised beds and containers where the ground was too rocky to plant directly in the soil
  • Incorporating plenty of recycled and repurposed materials, such as baskets from old vineyards, mirrors, and sculptures

💡 Product Highlight: Recycled crushed concrete is an excellent permeable hardscaping material that allows water to infiltrate the soil instead of running off.

Looking for Sustainable Landscaping Products?

If one of these homes has inspired your next project, we’d love to help out with some sustainable landscape products! Check out our range of recycled concrete aggregates (5mm – 100mm), roadbases, and crusher dust — perfect for drainage, permeable surfaces, and hardscaping. We also supply our products to a number of local landscapers and landscaping yards.

Best of all, if you’re ripping up old concrete paths or slabs, you can recycle the concrete waste with us.

Contact our team to learn more or drop in at 171-177 Potassium Street, Narangba to see for yourself.

 

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