Attracting Birds with Native Plants Watching birds in the garden can be a real joy, whether viewed from a seat in the garden or looking through a window from inside. The things we put into a garden and where they are put will affect the number, type and location of birds we find entering the garden....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Australian Natives Australia has one of the largest and most diverse range of indigenous plants in the world, that included plants suited cultivation in almost any part of the world. Many natives have evolved to withstand harsh conditions. Some species are tolerant of saline conditions, some to arid conditions, some make excellent windbreaks, some withstand pollution, others tolerate flooding and more. It is important to remember that the natives that come from your own area have evolved to cope, even thrive under those local conditions. ...(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Banksias Banksia Family Proteaceae There are over 70 species of woody trees and shrubs; plus 15‑16 recognized sub species. They are used mainly in shrubberies for foliage or flower effects, or for cut flowers. Some grow well in tubs. Some suit small gardens, others do not. The most popular cut flower species is B. coccinea. Others are grown cut flowers (and in some cases cut foliage), include: B. prionotes, B. hookeriana, B. burdettii, B. victoriae, B. baxteri, B. menziesii, etc. B. ashbyi is particularly popular as a cut flower in Israel. Flower heads are brush like, usually colourful, and large. Most Banksias produce flowers on the sides of stems (in which case, the leaves partially hide the flowers). ...(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Boronias Boronia Family Rutaceae Boronias are perhaps the most obvious of all scented natives. There are approximately 70 to 80 species of boronia and all are Australian plants. Most are small shrubs, all have some scent in the foliage, but only a few have highly perfumed flowers. Given the right conditions and care, Boronias are lovely shrubs, whether it be for their magnificent perfume, aromatic foliage or attractive flowers....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Callistemon -Bottlebrush Callistemon Family: Myrtaceae A genus of about 34 species, mostly Australian, but a few recorded in other countries. They range from shrubs to small trees. Most have showy bottlebrush-shaped spikes of flowers. Flower colours vary considerably ranging from whites to yellows, pinks to reds, green and mauve. They are generally very hardy, and adaptable. Most will tolerate some drought, and periods of waterlogging. Growth rates may be slow and sporadic under difficult conditions, to quite fast under good conditions. They are generally long lived. They are commonly used as screen plants, in windbreaks, as bird attracters or for their showy flowers. Smaller cultivars can be used in shrubberies, as groundcovers or in large tubs....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Grevillea Hybrids The number of Grevillea varieties is immense and since the late 20th century, has been expanding rapidly. The genus has a great deal of horticultural potential as a garden shrub, amenity plant and commercial cut flower; and enthusiasts, principally in Australia, but also elsewhere, have become active in developing new cultivars....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Grevilleas Grevillea Spider Flower Family Proteaceae Approximately. 270 species, plus a rapidly increasing range of named hybrids and cultivars. Many are ideal for small gardens; most being small to medium shrubs. Many are very ornamental. They are good bee and bird attractors. Most look good amongst other shrubs particularly if selected to provide contrast in foliage texture or colour. Some grow well as tub plants; and others are good for screening and hedging. ...(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Leptospermum LEPTOSPERMUM The genus Leptospermum (Common Name: Tea tree) includes over 80 species, mostly Australian indigenous plants, from the family Myrtaceae. Appearance: Small to large spreading woody plants with small deep green leaves that are usually scented when crushed. Flowers: Small five-petalled flowers attractive to bees produced in great abundance along the stems in warmer months. Many cultivars with attractive flowers are available....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Melaleucas Melaleuca Paperbark Family Myrtaceae Approximately 100 species, and many varieties. Many species make good hedging and screening plants. There are varieties suited to most purposes, as a screening plant, in a rockery, as a hedge, amongst other shrubs to provide variation in foliage texture or colour; or even for cutting s flowers or foliage. Many have colourful flowers, that are particularly attractive to birds. In some situations, melaleucas are called tea trees, although strictly speaking, they are NOT a tea tree. ...(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Native Flowers for Winter
Water Wise Australian Plants AUSTRALIAN PLANTS FOR WATER WISE GARDENS As drought and the heat of summer sets in, many gardens begin to look limp and tired. Lawns burn, plants wilt, flowers fade and leaves drop. Every summer we waste hours of time and thousands of litres of water trying to keep our gardens looking fresh. Despite living in the driest continent on Earth, most Australian gardeners still use tender exotic plants which cannot cope with long periods of hot, dry weather. ...(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Westringia WESTRINGIA Genus: Westringia Family: Lamiaceae Appearance: Shrubs Flowers: Small flowers mainly white, mauve or lilac, in leaf axils or in terminal clusters....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more