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3 Ways to Landscape Your Front Garden

Harpley is committed to being a green community. In order to maintain this commitment, as well as the quality of our streetscapes, our team of dedicated design and planning professionals have developed a range of building and siting guidelines to protect your greatest asset and ensure an appealing community.

Each Home Design Guideline differs, depending on which land precinct you have bought in. However, the must-haves for your front landscape across all precincts include;

  • Your front yard must be landscaped within six months of obtaining your Certificate of Occupancy/occupancy permit
  • At least 50% of your front yard must be landscaped with grass and/or garden beds
  • 25% of this area must include gardens with trees and/or shrubs capable of growing beyond 3m tall and be at least 600mm high when planted
  • Landscaping with plants is required to the strip between your driveway and side boundary
  • Garden beds must be featured in the secondary frontage of corner homes

So that we avoid damage to nature strips, also known as ‘verges’, throughout the construction of homes, Lendlease will only lay your nature strip once 95% of your precinct has been occupied. Once these works have been completed, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain or enhance the nature strip’s appearance.

Be sure to view our Design Guidelines before planning your front garden. 

With so many options available, here are three ways you can liven up your front garden, in compliance with Harpley’s Home Design Guidelines;

Native Plants
When it comes to adding some greenery to your front yard, why not invest in some native Australian plants? Native plants are typically easier to maintain, and they provide food and shelter for many pollinators.

The Bottlebrush, Christmas Bush, Kangaroo Paw and Lilly Pilly plants are all beautiful native species that grow above 3 metres tall – meeting Harpley’s Home Design Guidelines.

Drought Resistant Plants
Since we experience such dry conditions – especially during summer – it makes ecological sense to incorporate drought tolerant plants into your front landscape.

Drought resistant plants require little to no watering, which makes them perfectly low maintenance. Grevilleas, Pandoreas, Tea Trees and Waxflowers are not only native Australian flora, they’re also drought resistant and so will stand beautifully in your front garden all year long.

These plants can also turn your front garden into a colourful affair with their beautiful orange, red, pink and white foliage and blossoms.

Pebbles and Pavers
Between the greenery of your front garden, why not include a path consisting of pebbles and pavers leading to your front doorstep?

Pebbled walkways with concrete steppingstones create a welcoming space and will set your front yard apart from others. Consider bordering the pathway with lights to illuminate it at night. 


Need more inspiration for your front garden? Visit our display gardens, located right next door to our Display Village, Corner of Runcorn Street and Irvine Rise, Werribee.