Plant Collections

Water Saving Garden

The Water Saving Garden conveys the significance of water and its relationship to plant selection and suitability.  It promotes and explains issues of water conservation and the wise use of water in home gardens.

The garden is divided into three terraces – dry, water-conscious and water wise - linked by a number of paths and walkways that demonstrate three distinct watering regimens. 

The average home garden in Melbourne uses something like 70,000 litres per year and we know that water is scarce, so the plants in this garden were selected to demonstrate how we can reduce that water dependency. 

Landscape designer: MDG Landscape Architects


Best Viewed

  • Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn

Key Plants

Hibiscus heteropyhllus, Native Rosella -This plant can has showy white flowers with pink margins and a dark central blotch. This species is fast growing and suited to a range of applications in gardens from showy specimen plants to informal screens. They respond well to an annual pruning to keep them from getting too tall and woody

Banksia spinulosa ‘Birthday Candles’ is a dwarf cultivar that only grows to about .5m x 1m. It produces large orange candle-like flowers in autumn and winter. In cultivation it prefers a well-drained soil and once established is tolerant of extended dry periods.

Lasiopetalum baueri, Slender Velvet-bush, is an attractive grey/green foliaged plant with prolific pink flowers in late winter and spring.  It grows to 1.5m high x 1.5 wide and responds well to pruning after flowering to keep the plant bushy. It is very drought tolerant.


Curator Notes

This garden demonstrates grouping plants of similar water requirements together. There are 3 tiers in the Water Savings Garden – The top tier is rarely watered – the middle tier watered at long intervals and the lower tier is watered more frequently. Grouping plants together with the same watering requirements is a sensible approach as you are able to better schedule what and when to water based on the need of the plants.