Bursting with life and constantly changing, wetland gardens make an interesting focal point in any backyard. Wetland gardens are not just for large properties, as frog ponds and dry creek beds have become popular features for small backyards. They too, will provide great habitat for frogs, reptiles, dragonflies and birds.
This garden displays plants that occur naturally in Redlands' wetland habitats in and around swamps, lakes, dams, creeks, rivers and tidal areas. They have adapted to thrive in moist soils and those that occur in tidal areas are able to cope with a certain amount of salt. These adaptions make them the perfect choice for waterlogged or flood prone areas of your property. The majority of wetland plants are hardy and versatile though, able to cope with long dry periods typical of our unpredictable climate. This makes them suitable for most garden situations, just needing to be watered during the hottest, dry periods.
Whether it is a natural, man-made, large or small wetland, plants are the key to creating a healthy habitat.
- Plant native rushes and sedges thickly around the perimeter of water bodies to deter cane toads. The plants from a natural barrier, as cane toads struggle to jump up and over thick vegetation;
- Plant trees and shrubs to provide shade over the water. Native fish, aquatic invertebrates and native water plants need cool, shaded water to thrive. Shade also reduces algae and weed growth.
- Use native water plants to keep the water healthy. They prevent erosion, trap harmful particles from runoff, absorb excess nutrients, aerate the water and provide food and nesting sites for wildlife.
- Native groundcovers and water are the perfect combination for attracting frogs to your garden.
Garden's are available to book for weddings.