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ANSWERING THE PUBLIC

ANSWERING THE PUBLIC

What the Australian public wants to know about native plants and microclimate I wrote this article recently for the Australian Native Plant Society Garden Design Study Group. While it's perhaps not a topic for the average gardener, I hope you still...

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Touring Sunshine Coast Wallum and Coastal Heathland

Touring Sunshine Coast Wallum and Coastal Heathland

In August 2023 I joined a retreat with Dr Sue Davis to explore and learn more about the plants of the Sunshine Coast wallum and coastal heathland environments. Over the course of 4 days we visited 4 wallum sites and spent time observing and drawing...

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Guest Gardener: Rosella Rise Native Garden

Guest Gardener: Rosella Rise Native Garden

This week I am delighted to feature my first guest gardener - you're in for a treat! This garden is one of my favourite Australian native gardens and a great demonstration of the floral spectacle that can be achieved with our unique flora. Deb's...

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Art & Accessories for an Australian Native Christmas

Art & Accessories for an Australian Native Christmas

I’m sure it will come as no surprise to you that beyond the garden and inside my home I also like to decorate with uniquely Australian floral inspired items. As I said in my recent segment on ABCs Gardening Australia, our native flora deserves to...

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Plant an ‘English’ style garden with natives

Plant an ‘English’ style garden with natives

“Help! My (friend/husband/wife/etc) wants to plant an English style garden. But I want to plant Australian natives. What do I do?” Firstly let me say, I get it. I love an English style cottage garden too. I love their meadow gardens, clipped hedges...

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Australian native plants for indoors

Australian native plants for indoors

Many people I speak to don’t realise that there are many Australian native plants that do well indoors. Wandering around our local nursery I realise there is likely a very good reason for that - not a single native plant I spotted included that on...

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Native Plant of the Week – Crowea

Native Plant of the Week – Crowea

This week’s native plant of the week provides essential colour in a Australian native cottage garden at a time of year when blooms can be hard to come by! Flowering most profusely through autumn and early winter, with sporadic blooms also in spring...

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Native Plant of the Week : Lemon Myrtle

Native Plant of the Week : Lemon Myrtle

This week’s feature plant is a versatile Australian native plant that can tick so many boxes in your garden design. Native bush food, screening out the neighbours, hardy pot plant, lush foliage, beautiful flowers, growing in sun to shade in most...

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Flowering natives for shade

Flowering natives for shade

If you have a shady spot in your garden you can still fill it with colourful Australian native flowers! Here are a few of my favourites growing in the shaded positions in my garden. Most are on the south side of high fences or buildings, planted...

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Native Plant of the Week: Pelargoniums

Native Plant of the Week: Pelargoniums

The Australian native Pelargoniums look stunning in my garden from the end of December. Every variety is blooming prolifically, filling the air with the smell of their sweet nectar and bringing numerous pollinators to my patch. Australia has about...

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Native Plant of the Week – Isotoma axillaris

Native Plant of the Week – Isotoma axillaris

This week’s favourite started flowering in my garden in late October and is still looking beautiful in mid December, even after unseasonal heavy late spring rains. Isotoma axillaris is the only plant I have in drifts in my garden, because it really...

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Paper daisies for Australian native gardens

Paper daisies for Australian native gardens

Everyone who follows me on social media will know I am a big fan of paper daisies. I love their crinkly stiff paper texture - they are very tactile plants! The way the blooms fold up tightly each night or in rain is rather special to watch.. They...

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10 small native plants for Australian cottage gardens

10 small native plants for Australian cottage gardens

When many people think of Australian native plants the first that come to mind are large flowering shrubs like grevillea and banksia and acacia. But if you focus on smaller species you will have so much more diversity, and room to provide flowers for bees.

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