Whitehorse City Council

Landscape Design Tool

The following information is designed to assist with landscaping or planting using plants indigenous to your area. It provides quantities of plants to use based on a generic example of a plant community before European settlement. For more specialist revegetation projects, thorough scientific examination of natural habitat should be undertaken by qualified experts.

  • Step 1. Search your address on Whitehorse Maps to view a list of indigenous plants to Whitehorse. 
  • Step 2. Measure area of your site to be planted (length x width in meters).
  • Step 3. Determine if your location is typically wet or dry during most of the year.
  • Step 4. Use the wet or dry table below to determine how many plant species and how many total plants are required.

Dry Locations (generally dry area for most of the year) *

 

Plant Category
(the category assigned to each type of plant)
Species Per Category
(number of different plant species to select for plant category)
Total Plants Per 100m2
(quantity of plants required for every 100m2 of garden area)
Trees Between 1 and 5 1
Large shrubs Between 3 and 4 5
Medium shrubs Between 3 and 4 15
Small shrubs Between 4 and 5 50
Groundcovers Between 3 and 4 15
Grasses, lilies and tufting plants Between 10 and 15 250
Climbers and scramblers Between 1 and 2 10
Ferns Between 1 and 2 10
Aquatics and bog plants Between 3 and 4 For pond, inundated and bog areas

* Based on data collected from EVC 47, 55, 127, 175, and plant communities generally suited to dryer conditions and naturally occurring away from lowland or creek-line areas.

Wet Locations (generally wet area for most of the year) *

Plant Category
(the category assigned to each type of plant)

Species Per Category
(number of different plant species to select for plant category)
Total Plants Per 100m2
(quantity of plants required for every 100m2 of garden area)
Trees Between 1 and 5 1
Large shrubs Between 3 and 4 5
Medium shrubs Between 3 and 4 25
Small shrubs Between 4 and 5 30
Groundcovers Between 3 and 4 5
Grasses, lilies and tufting plant Between 10 and 15 250
Climbers and scramblers Between 1 and 2 5
Ferns Between 1 and 2 30
Aquatics and bog plants Between 3 and 4 For pond, inundated or bog areas

* Based on data collected from EVC 83, 126, 164, and plant communities generally suited to wetter conditions and naturally occurring in lowland or creek-line areas.