when landscaping in Perth are SHADE and WINDBREAK.
When I bought this house it had neither.
I removed all of it and planted these Flame Trees.
Now when I walk out the front on a hot summer's day I see this (click photo for closer look):
Shade and windbreak.
Get them right and the rest pretty much designs itself.
Don't get them right and whatever else you do won't satisfy you.
PS…. if you would like a garden like this - ie one you can actually live in - email me at firstname.lastname@example.org … I'm accepting (limited) commissions again.