Climate & Growing Conditions
The Lower Blue Mountains is part of the Blue Mountains City Council area. Ranging from Lapstone - which is at the very fringe of the Sydney Metropolitan area near Penrith - to Lawson - which is roughly half way up mountains. Due to the changing elevations across this area, climate is also quite variable. For the purpose of creating a general view on climate conditions in the Lower Blue Mountains, we will take our climate averages and extremes from Springwood.
Rainfall in the Lower Blue Mountains averages at around 1025mm annually, while temperature extremes range from 44 deg in the middle of summer to -2 deg in the dead of winter overnight. Although temperatures will get down into the negatives on occasion, frosts will occur only a few times every winter, which is vastly different to that of the Upper Blue Mountains climate. Overall, the climate is generally mild all year round. Cool enough for growing Zone 2 plants, warm enough for Zone 3 plants, and generally lacks frosty conditions which is prerequisite for growing Zone 4 plants. Choose plants from any of these zones when using the Landscape Design Sydney Plantfinder.
Garden & Landscape Design DA Requirements
For any development over 50m2 a landscape concept plan is required to be submitted to council.
If you are building in an area that is classified as Living Conservation, Living Bushland Conservation or an Employment General zone then you are required to submit a detailed landscape plan as part of your submission. Contact us if you are unsure what zone you are building in.
Some general controls relating to your garden design can be found at the following link:
Blue Mountains City Council Development Control Plan (Better Living DCP) see part C & D
Lower Blue Mountains Suburbs We Service
- Blaxland East
- Mt Riverview
- Valley Heights
- Hawksebury Heights