Landscaping is a fun and exciting part of owning your new home. Getting a blank slate to do what you like with is thrilling, but may become overwhelming too.

When designing your garden, it’s important to consider your local climate and plant accordingly. Consider planting trees/bushes/herbs that will provide you with food or shade, or provide local birds and bees with homes or food too! 


Eucalyptus: Obviously this tree was going to make the list, the koalas love them so much, so why shouldn’t we. This evergreen tree is an Australian favourite and is readily available across all areas of Australia.

Some notable species are the peppermint (Eucalyptus radiata), whose flowers smell of… well, peppermint, and the Manna Gum (Eucalyptus viminalis), which in the Bass Coast area may attract local koalas!

Gold Strike : A Protea that’s great to use along your boundary fencing, giving your fence a makeover, or perhaps providing a fence between you and your neighbour. 

Consider planting deciduous trees along the north facing aspects, this way in summer they will provide shade and in winter they will let the sun through. Examples of deciduous trees include: the flame tree, red or white cedar, or silky oak.


Perhaps the best thing about being able to plant what you like is the fact that you can plant to eat. Herbs, berries, fruits, vegetables, there really is no end to what you can plant in your backyard (although some trees such as Avocado trees may find it hard to bare fruit in this region). Some of these we found at our local Mitre 10 were citrus trees, nectarine trees, and olive trees to name a few.

citrus trees

Herbs & Berries:

Growing herbs in your garden is free, and you take what you need when you need it. All too often, herbs are bought in store, packaged in plastic, and often in too large a quantity for what you need.


Coriander, spinach, rocket, leek, lettuce, spring onion, oregano, rosemary are just a few examples of easy herbs to grow that will provide you with delicious ingredients and seasonings when you need them!


Other things you can do in your backyard to create a more sustainable, holistic approach is to adopt a bird bath and bird feeders, have a fish pond, a bee hive, or build a chicken coop (great for lowering food waste, and provides eggs too!). All tools and materials for these things can be upcycled from old things, or bought new at Mitre 10.

Stay tuned for our upcoming article on backyard chicken coops!