28 Apr

5 Beautiful Australian Natives You Need on Your Shopping List

Growing Australian natives in your garden can be beneficial to the environment and make gardening an easier task for you! Native plants attract wildlife to your garden and provide shelter for them. But that’s not all, they’ll also add a lovely touch of colour and interest to any garden.

To help you start your native garden here are some Australian natives that suit a variety of Australian gardens.

Donkey Orchids for Shade

Donkey Orchid, Diuris

Donkey Orchid, Diuris / Image by Morgan’s List

Diuris orchids are commonly called donkey orchids because their two upper petals stick up like donkey ears. The donkey orchid is a breath-taking plant that has a distinctive bright yellow flower which blooms from winter to the start of summer. They grow in regions with wet winters and well-drained soils, woodlands or grasslands.

Lechenaultia for Pot Plants

Native Blue Lechenaultia

Native Blue Lechenaultia / Image by Gardening with Angus

The Lechenaultia is a vibrant plant that comes in a rainbow of shades you can enjoy over many seasons. Although they can carpet the ground of your garden, they are suited to growing in hanging baskets or pots too. This is especially the case if your soil is very wet. They grow best in humid climates and are most commonly found in Western Australia.

Tea Tree for Cold Climates

Lemon Scented Tea Tree

Lemon Scented Tea Tree / Image by Melbourne Daily

This Australian shrub (or small tree) has stunning, thin green leaves and white flowers. It grows to a maximum of five metres and is adaptable to most types of soil. Although it can be grown for purely ornamental reasons it’s also a source for essential oil that’s used in beauty products and to repel annoying mosquitoes.

Banksia for Small Gardens

The Native Sentinel Banksia

The Native Sentinel Banksia / Image by Austra Flora

The Sentinel is a variety of Banksia that is perfect for those awkward corners of the garden that need to be filled. While the flowering shrub will grow to about two metres high, it only has a spread of a metre, which makes it perfect for small gardens.

The Sentinel Banksia prefers full sun or partial shade. It flowers from late summer to winter and loves to be pruned which means it’s easy to keep it at a controllable size. Sentinel’s flowers are loved by honeyeaters who will visit your garden to enjoy them from summer through to mid-winter.

Wattle for Easy Growing

Australian Native Wattle Plant

Australian Native Wattle Plant

The wattle is one of Australia’s favourite plants! There are over 1000 species of acacia and they make fantastic garden plants. Varieties of Acacia range from small shrubs to larger trees so they will suit most garden sizes.

The wattle responds well to pruning right after flowering and regular pruning will extend its life. You can enjoy the beautiful yellow throughout the year but they typically flower in spring, with a third of the species flowering in winter. The plant attracts a variety of native birds that come to feast on its nectar.

If you are interested in discovering more varieties of plants for your garden, this list of Australian native plants gives you a personalised list of plants that are suited to your garden.

03 Apr

Flowering Shrubs for Sandy and Poor Soil: Leptospermums

Leptospermums is a genus of prolific flowering shrubs from the family of Myrtaceae – the family of Syzygium, Callistemon (bottle brush) and other flowering shrubs. The genus of Leptospermums is distributed in Australia, New Zealand and parts of South East Asia.

Most species from this genus are excellent shrubs for sandy soil as they prefer excellent drainage, moderate watering and a sunny exposure. Commonly known as ‘tea tree’, Leptospermums make excellent choice as ornamental houseplants or landscape elements because of their lovely foliage. They can also be used in mass plantation schemes for reclaiming land or just as low-maintenance shrubs in gardens for ornamental and screening purposes. Most species produce showy flowers of red, pink or white color from winter through spring. These nice blooms can also be used as cut flowers in floral arrangements.

Leptospermum glaucescens

Leptospermum glaucescen, Image by Arthur Chapman

Since Leptospermums does not have any special requirements, they can be grown easily as shrubs or small trees in a variety of climates where drainage is good and winter is not harsh and frosty. Generally dry summer Plants can be propagated from seeds, cuttings and grafting.

The most popular species in the genus is Leptospermums scoparium which produces lovely white flowers and usually grows into a small tree. The leaves are said to have been used by native Australian for brewing tea. Honey produced from Leptospermums nectar is also said to have a richer taste and excellent antibacterial effect.

Other popular species include: Leptospermums amboinense, L. petersonii, L. scoparium var grandiflora, and Leptospermums scoparium ‘Roseum’.