When designing any plant bed, there are 3 main plants you'll want to focus on. Specimen plants (usually an ornamental tree), accent plants (roses or other shrub to provide color), and a key plant (larger tree/shrub to help house feel the right size).
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Hügelkultur Bed. Hügelkultur is a raised plant bed built over decaying wood and compostable materials. A fallen tree becomes a “nurse log”, decomposing, releasing nutrients, and nourishing new growth above for years, even decades. As the wood decays, it becomes more porous, storing water like a giant sponge, and releasing it slowly back into the bed’s soil. This means less plant watering; some gardeners report their beds thrived all season from rainfall alone.
Lomandra Longifolia "Tanika" Lomandra Tanika is a hardy Australian native evergreen with shiny green strap leaves and yellow flower spikes that come out in Spring. This plant is very hardy and has even been called by some as "close to indestructible." Tanika is versatile, and can be planted in a position of full sun to heavy shade. Drought tolerant. Great as a landscaping plant.