Australian native plants are extraordinary. Their buds, blooms, seedpods, bark and leaf textures are unique and this diversity ensures no matter where you live and garden, you will find species adapted to your climate and soil type. Choose a variety of native plants to achieve a year-round, sequence of blooms and create wildlife habitat to bring your garden to life.
Some people delight in planting gardens entirely with native plants. Others go further by choosing only those native plants that are endemic or grow naturally in their local area.
But if you prefer an eclectic mix, it is possible to combine native and exotic plants by choosing species that have similar climate, soil and water requirements. The key is to marry foliage texture, plant form and colour into a cohesive look where plants complement one another or occasionally provide a striking contrast.
Enhance traditional flower beds, cottage gardens and rockery plantings with bulbine lilies (Bulbine bulbosa), Swan River daisies (Brachyscome iberidifolia), straw flowers and paper daisies (Xerochrysum bracteatum and Rhodanthe chlorocephala).
Clip dwarf lilypillies or westringia into hedges and combined with more traditional, formal garden exotics like camellias, gardenias and azaleas. Mix grevilleas and banksias with their south African cousins like protea and leucospermum or combine local and exotic rainforest species.
Aspect Aussie natives require different aspects within the garden. The key to pick a plant that will suit a particular spot within your garden is to look around your local neighbourhood to see what grows well. If you don’t know the name of a plant you like, take a photo, and take it to your local hardware or garden centre. The staff can tell you the name of the plant and its ideal position in the garden. They can also give you advice on other Aussie natives that will do well in your location.
Most natives will require full sun, so plant in north, north-east or west-facing positions that have the most available sunlight. Some natives can grow in dry shade These include Dianella longifolia, Lomandra longifolia, Acacia cognata or Callistemon ‘Genoa Glory’.
Soil Good gardeners know all plants benefit from care. Nourish the soil prior to planting by adding your own compost or mix Seasol Garden Soil Mix into the soil. Water plants in with Seasol to prevent transplant shock and aid establishment.
Climate Australian natives occur over a wide variety of climates and soil types, allowing them to become naturally adapted to local conditions. They cope with both cold and extreme heat, tolerating everything from medium frost in southern and inland regions through to flooding rain and temporary waterlogging in the tropics. You will find a great choice of varieties in hardware and garden centres to suit your location and climatic conditions.