There are lots of benefits to replacing grass verges with native trees, shrubs and flowers. Some small, some large, most hard to quantify.
The garden on my nature strip is now a couple of years old. It has gone through the seasons twice. The street tree and Westringia are well established. The Austromyrtus tenuifolia (midgen berry) are growing slowly. Several of the Dianella clumps, the Kangaroo Paws, and the Dwarf Banksia are doing ok despite a harsh summer.
The responses from neighbours and other pedestrians has been almost invariably positive, although it hasn’t yet inspired any to follow suit. One neighbour got a street tree from the council but it is surrounded by grass. [continue reading…]
Today, we launched our directory of resources which includes verge gardening guidelines for various councils around Australia. [continue reading…]
It’s hard to assign monetary values to many of the savings and benefits but here are some suggestions that also show how to maximise the benefits and avoid pitfalls. [continue reading…]
Flowers are ambassadors for verge gardens. They help to make people comfortable with the initial disruption to the ubiquity of grass nature strips.
There are two main types of flowers to include on your verge. [continue reading…]