Menu Index: Australian Plants

Australian Native Climbers and Creepers

Climbers and creepers are plants that are able to expand at will to fill the space available to them and as such are incredibly useful in the garden. They are great to beautify fences and pergolas, and can be trained to twine through various shaped structures. Their ability to take the shape of the support […]

Australian Native Orchids

Orchids are one of the wonders of the plant world with a staggering diversity of plant and flower types that provide endless fascination and sometimes obsession for gardeners. World-wide there are approximately 30,000 species in 600 odd genera that comprise roughly 10% of all flowering plants with Australia being home to a more than 1200 […]

Australian Native Ferns, Palms and Cycads

What Australian ferns, palms and cycads can I grow in my garden? This group of plants represents an ancient part of the world flora that dominated along with conifers before flowering plants emerged and eventually evolved into the fascinatingly diverse collection we have today. While this was occurring the ferns, palms and cycads continued to […]

Australian Native Shrubs

What are the best Australian Native Shrubs for the Garden? Shrubs form a huge group within the Australian flora and can be defined as woody plants that remain relatively low (say less than 5m) and generally have multiple stems or trunks. This type of plant abounds in more exposed, harsher climatic areas such as coastal […]

Australian Native Trees

What Australian Native Trees Should I Grow In The Garden? Strictly speaking a tree is a woody plant that has a single trunk and a distinct elevated canopy. There are, however, quite a number of woody plants in the Australian flora that are commonly thought of as trees but are actually shrubs. An example of […]

Westringia fruticosa ‘Flat n Fruity’

This is a new ground covering form of an old favourite Australian plant the coastal rosemary. It is an ultra-tough plant that will tolerate extremely windy and salty conditions such as near the coast. It also has a dense habit which deters weed growth. A great plant for easy care gardens and for landscaping work. […]

Establishing native shrubs in your garden

Establishing Native Shrubs and Plants In Your Garden The Australian flora has established a reputation as a tough, drought tolerant group of plants that are very low maintenance in the garden. Whilst this is generally true it is extremely important to realise that a bit of tender loving care during the first few months of […]

New Australian Plants

Plant breeders and nurseries put a lot of work into selecting new plants to release, and they base these selections on many different factors. New flower colours, extended flowering times, more compact growth habit, hardiness and disease resistance are a few of the desirable traits that clever plant people aim for when releasing new plants […]

Growing Kangaroo Paws

This is an excerpt from Angus’s book Creating an Australian Garden This remarkable group of Australian plants embody many of the qualities that make our native plants so distinctive. Their vibrant, almost iridescent flower colours are combined with a beautifully furry texture created by the hairs that cover the stems and flowers—and provide the latter’s […]