No different to other areas, there's a requirement that you have landscaping done within 6 months of moving in. While the time period varies from estate to estate, it's pretty much rule these days that you've got to have a nice looking garden with certain requirements.
Some people will happily spend 4, 7, 10 grand on landscaping, which includes someone getting in and doing all the work. Fortunately, I have parents who have an interest, so they're actually keen to make it their own little project.
I want to be completely clear that that is exactly how the branches got stuck there themselves, there was no manipulation involved :P
The problem with Crape Myrtles is that in that red, I can barely make out what's flower, and what's leaf (yeah, I'm rather colorblind) - so I had to find one with a lighter or brighter colored flower. We've ended up with one of a significantly lighter color, though if only they came in a bright yellow or azure blue.
So we've already got a small garden of plants in pots sitting out the back being watered and grown, ready to be planted.
While I don't have photos, if you head in to Chadstone via the entrance near Tiffanys, you'll get a good idea of what we have in mind - a row of low, small bright flowering plants, backed with some grasses that are growing (either Dionellas or something smaller), backed my a small hedge.
The base of the crape myrtle will be done using a nice pattern of coloured pebbles - we'll get designs on paper for that in coming months.