With recent trends in Queensland landscape design heading towards the ‘Palm Springs’ style, we are seeing a surge in popularity of a drought tolerant planting palette.
In previous years, varieties of pandanus and frangipani have been the ‘feature tree’ de jour in many residential gardens. More often now, clients and architects are seeking hardy and ‘architectural’ planting varieties, such as cacti, agave and dragon trees. These species tolerate the salt and drought and are also a popular choice for smaller gardens and podiums/planters, where soil depths will not support larger trees.
We are seeing some very exciting new varieties of cactus and succulents in specialist nurseries, which have been producing fantastic results.