Sustainable gardening

Gardening is all about creating and enjoying a beautiful environment. With a little thought and planning, you can create a beautiful garden which is suited to local soils and climatic conditions and which has a low impact on our natural environment.

Urban Agriculture and Food Production in Moreland

Council is currently developing a strategy around urban agriculture and food production.

For more information about this and how you can be involved, see Urban Agriculture and Food Production Strategy.

Booklets and guides

Sustainable Gardening in Moreland booklet

Sustainable Gardening in Moreland booklet (PDF 3Mb) has been designed to help the home gardener make decisions in the garden on design, improving soil, product choice and plant selection to develop their own sustainable garden haven. It provides helpful hints on the use of indigenous plants and gardening sustainably.

Home Harvest Front Cover

Home Harvest booklet

The Home Harvest booklet (PDF 4Mb) provides the basics on getting your home veggie patch up and growing.

Growing produce close to home is a key part of sustainable gardening, helping to reduce high food miles, chemical and water use typically associated with commercially grown and packaged food. It can also be great for physical and mental well being and be a valuable learning activity for young children.

Gardening with Indigenous Plants booklet

The Gardening with Indigenous Plants booklet (PDF 973Kb) has full landscape designs for a courtyard garden, a formal garden, a cottage garden and a bush garden. It also has detailed information of 44 indigenous plants, grasses, shrubs and trees to grow in Moreland.

Sustainable Gardening Australia

The Sustainable Gardening and Home Harvest booklets have been developed with the assistance of Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA), a not-for-profit organisation committed to achieving real, continually improving and easily understood environmental solutions for gardeners.

Visit Sustainable Gardening Australia for fact sheets and information on sustainable and produce gardening as well as a forum for gardeners to chat about their patch.

Moreland Food Gardens Network

Moreland Food Gardens Network was established to enable people in the Moreland community share information and experiences as well as to strategically plan and collaborate to improve food access and urban agriculture in Moreland. It provides a valuable portal for Moreland residents to find out about local community gardens, food swaps and gardening activities.

Planting with indigenous plants

Use indigenous (native) plants to make your garden drought tolerant and fit in with Moreland’s natural environment.

A garden with indigenous plants:

  • uses less water
  • attracts native birds and wildlife
  • celebrates the character of the local environment in Moreland
  • conserves other native plants in the area, and
  • connects with the cultural history of the land and its traditional owners, the Wurundjeri people.

Indigenous plants can be used to create formal and informal settings in gardens. Use indigenous plants as hedges, shady trees, sweet smelling shrubs, a lawn, for example Weeping Grass and Wallaby Grasses, indoor plants in pots, or a nature strip.

Popular indigenous grasses

  • Pale flax lily: Sword-shaped leaves with pale blue flowers in spring.

  • Kangaroo grass: Leaves change colour with the seasons, and tall flowers in spring.

  • Tufted bluebell: Bright green herb with small narrow leaves.

Small plants

  • Common everlasting: Sprawling herb with small groups of golden daisies in summer.

  • Basalt daisy: Slender herb with upright stems and small white daisies in spring and summer.

Small and medium shrubs

  • Turkey bush: Very robust small rounded shrub with many glossy green leaves.
  • River bottlebrush: Light green, narrow leaves with cream bottlebrush flowers in summer.

  • Sweet Bursaria: A straight-standing shrub with small green leaves. Tiny, sweetly-scented white flowers in summer.

Large shrubs

  • Kangaroo apple: A very fast growing shrub with dense, dark green, glossy leaves.

  • Woolly tea-tree: A large sprawling shrub with many silvery blue leaves. White flowers in winter and wooly coated fruit in spring.

Watch Council's creating a sustainable garden video

A short animation about how to create a sustainable garden, which requires careful planning and picking plants that are suitable for our environment.

There are documents on this page in PDF-only format. If you have trouble opening or viewing a PDF document, contact Council and we will arrange to provide the information in a format that suits your needs. See Council's accessibility page for further details.