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Location: Perth, Australia (temperate coastal)
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Hi everyone,

I've been reading through the forum and feeling so inspired, so thought I'd say hello and introduce myself.

I live north of Perth in WA and I'm currently building on a suburban plot by the coast. I'm a first homebuyer, and after 15 years of renting this will be my first opportunity to design a garden that is smart and productive. I've attached a plan so you can see what we're working with. Some of my goals include to:

- Install a rainwater tank in that nook between the garage and living area.
- Build a greenhouse on the northern wall of the garage.
- Build a chook run on the eastern side of the garage.
- Plant a herb garden outside the kitchen window (north side of house)
- Grow something along the northern fence, to screen it off.
- Plant out the verge and limestone batter retainer with local natives and edibles
- Plant fruit trees - possibly in side yard (south of house) as they'll be more protected from winds
- Find a tree to plant on the south-west corner of the house, that will be attractive, productive and resistant to the winds
- Grow citrus (where would they survive?)
- Put in vege beds in side yard (south side of house; I know it's not the best spot, but in Perth a bit of shade can be useful)
- Build a woodfired oven near the alfresco
- Find a place to hide some native bee hives!!

I have an image in my mind of a place positively packed with plants and life. My Nan lived in a tiny unit and had a massive, rambling garden that produced the biggest pumpkins and juiciest oranges I've had, and she did it all on a shoestring by being smart about her use of space. I want to do the same.

There is a space just east of the driveway that can be planted out, as well as the verges. I want to put in some trees - maybe olives or citrus - but not sure about wind here. One of my biggest desires as a homeowner is to grow citrus, but I'm not really sure where to put these on the block. If there are any southern hemisphere citrus experts out there, I'd love advice!

I'm sort of at the stage where I think I know what I want to do with the garden, but I have so many ideas that I'm not sure where to start. I almost wish someone would design it for me so I had a more confident plan to follow!!

Anyway, I love reading all of your posts and gathering more ideas. If you have any for our humble block, I'd love to hear them! :)

Plan directions:

(block faces west)
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