Formal Garden

Mark Blackburn shows Melanie a formal and very structured garden that is still full of whimsy and surprise. 

Mark explains how to use tones of a single colour to create harmony, how hard landscaping can create depth and interest and the importance of balance and symmetry in a formal garden.

Hard landscaping

  • Trellis x 3
  • Urn water feature
  • Pavers x 8
  • Gravel – 18 x 30kg bags – beige
  • Cream pots x 4

Hard landscaping (20 sq meters)


  • Syzigium paniculatum multi-heads x 2 (Australian Brush Cherry)
  • Syzigium paniculatum balls x 4
  • Duranta erecta ‘Sheena’s Gold’ – low hedging x 10
  • Duranta erecta ‘Sheena’s Gold’ – superballs x 2
  • Tulbaghia violacea (and variegata) (Wild Garlic) x 20
  • Salvia ‘ Mystic Spires’ x 14 (Ornamental Sage)
  • Trachelospermum jasminoides x 4 (Star Jasmine – large creepers)

Plants: One would plant more sparsely in a ‘real’ garden