Council takes guess work out of gardening

The desert honey myrtle is both attractive and drought tolerant.

Central Highlands Regional Council has the solution for residents looking for low maintenance garden plants.

From the Bottle Brush to the Weeping Tea Tree, the council is taking the guesswork out of gardening by compiling a list of plants suited to the region.

“As a fellow green thumb, I am aware of the pains our dry region can cause in maintaining a lush garden,’ said Mayor Kerry Hayes.

“With so much to consider when finding the perfect shrubs, succulents and trees to fill your garden, this landscaper approved list will save residents money, time and stress when upkeeping their gardens.”

One essential category used to determine plants with the best chance of survival in the region is drought tolerance.

“Lawns and gardens are the highest water usage area in homes across the region,” Infrastructure and Utilities General manager Jason Houlihan said.

“By choosing drought-tolerant plants, using mulch to retain water and watering before 10am and after 4pm when the sun isn’t as strong, residential gardens can be lush, green and water conscious.”

To pick up a copy of Central Highlands Residential Tree Guide, visit the CHRC website or head into the garden section of Mitre 10 Emerald.

Along with creating a sustainable garden, Drop20% of your water consumption throughout the household by becoming a water warrior.

To pick up a copy of Central Highlands Residential Tree Guide, visit the CHRC website or head into the garden section of Mitre 10 Emerald.

Along with creating a sustainable garden, drop twenty per cent of water consumption throughout the household by becoming a water warrior.

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