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Retro plants and planting styles – 1980’s

Mar 10, 2016

The 80’s was the time of pizzazz, money and boom times. Australia won the America cup, Alan Bond was big; people were wearing shoulder pads, with permed hair.

It was a questionable phase of all things design. 70’s retro plants and garden style’s had seen a big push for the introduction of native species, however the general school of thought leading into the 80’s was that the use of native plants didn’t look ‘gardenesque’.

The booming 80’s saw a more European approach to garden design and planting styles. Using species such as Camellias, Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Hebes and in particular Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’. This tree was widely used in residential gardens and by councils as street trees, due to its small  size and pretty colouring.

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