Thinking about landscaping?

A crucial aspect often overlooked by many of our clients during the new home build process is their landscaping requirements. For those accustomed to moving into homes with pre-established gardens, venturing into the realm of landscaping from scratch can present a whole new and exciting challenge.

We have a variety of landscapers we work with in Christchurch who are experts in the local area and know the plants that flourish and thrive in the conditions we experience in Canterbury. You don’t need to be overwhelmed or intimidated by taking on landscaping planning for your new build home – because you’re in experienced hands with the Orange Homes team, and their network of landscape architects and gardeners.

native Plant options for Christchurch conditions

At Orange Homes, we know that finding a balance between your dream garden, your budget, and what works in the Canterbury weather conditions can seem quite complicated.

Christchurch is characterised by its mild summers and very cold winters, so native plants are a hardy landscaping option for the climate. We also love how they connect us to the ancestry of the land.

While Christchurch was modelled on the rolling hills of England, our native fauna suits our conditions better than most imported plants and trees. Kowhai, Flax, Cabbage Trees, Hebe, and Olearia all thrive in the Canterbury soil and weather. Think about evergreen options if you use your outdoor space year-round, and more seasonal plants if you are only outdoors during spring and summer.

Different landscaping requirements

If you are a keen gardener, then your landscaping needs are going to be very different to the lock-and-leave, low-maintenance dwellers. Our clients come from all walks of life and have varying levels of interest in their landscape gardening.

Some are lawn buffs and want to ensure they have the tidiest berm on the street. Some want the lowest maintenance possible and opt for simple flaxes, grasses, or even turfs. We have even worked some wonders for true green thumbs, installing planter boxes, sourcing well-established trees, and designing true outdoor havens.

It is important to consider how you use your outdoor space before you get set on a landscaping design. Do you use the BBQ? Year-round? Are there pets outside for long periods of time during the day? What about kids? Where will there be fences and gates? Does the space need privacy or to be open for natural light? We strongly consider the way the space is used before we map out garden designs or decide on planting choices. Your Orange Homes consultant will work with your lifestyle needs to make tailored recommendations on your landscaping—from flowers to hedges, trees and shrubs—we have probably worked with it before.

We understand that budgets can become tight by the time landscaping becomes a consideration. Rest assured, we are here to lend a helping hand with future-focused planning, should the need arise. Considering landscaping costs early in the build is crucial, as it often proves to be more budget-friendly and effective when done comprehensively from the start rather than addressing it later down the track. Don’t miss the chance to explore some of the inspiring landscaping plans we’ve worked on by visiting our social media pages.

Landscaping with orange homes

Many of our clients choose to work with our preferred contractors who know the Canterbury landscaping needs well – which we are happy to recommend to you. Of course, if you have your own preferred landscaping company in mind – we are happy to work alongside them in making your dream garden and outdoor area a reality.


Landscaping is another exciting feature to consider when you are going to get your Orange Homes project underway. Our team can answer any queries you might have about the building or landscaping process. Feel free to contact us today or to get inspired, come and visit one of our showhomes in Lincoln.