You can save around 20,000 to 40,000 litres of water per year by converting a verge lawn to a waterwise garden.
Residents can replace grass with plants on the Council strip (verge) between private property and the road.
Follow these guidelines to create a safe and successful verge garden:
- Verge Garden Guidelines - learn what you can and can't plant on your verge
- Grow Local Guides - advice on edible and local native plant selection
- Wollongong Botanic Garden Greenplan Nursery - get great horticultural advice and a range of local native plants suitable for your verge on sale days. Free copies of the Grow Local Guides are also available there.
You can check out some examples of verge gardens at the locations below.
We've also included the plans (officially called 'planting schemes') used to create these gardens, and examples of some of the plants used.
Coledale Community Hall (native garden)
745 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Coledale
- Plan for Coledale Community Hall Verge Garden PDF, 458.14 KB
- Plant examples from Coledale Community Hall Verge Garden PDF, 1021.48 KB
Port Kembla Community Centre (mixed produce garden)
Cnr Wentworth and Church Streets, Port Kembla
- Plan for Port Kembla Community Centre Verge Garden PDF, 756.2 KB
- Plant examples from Port Kembla Community Centre Verge Garden PDF, 1692.22 KB
Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre (Bushfoods garden)
49A Cawley Street, Bellambi
- Plan for Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre Verge Garden PDF, 572.39 KB
- Plant examples from Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre Verge Garden PDF, 1066.49 KB
More verge gardens coming soon...
- Corrimal Short Street Occasional Child Care Centre, 18 Short St, Corrimal (Mixed native and produce garden)
- Kemblawarra Community Hall, Cnr Shellharbour Road and Parkes Street, Port Kembla (Bushfoods garden).
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