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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 find it...

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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 garden is on a...

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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 under large shrubs and...

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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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My Garden: An Australian Native Cottage Garden Paradise

My Garden: An Australian Native Cottage Garden Paradise

I can't really remember when it happened. That moment I decided to dedicate my little patch of suburbia to our glorious Australian native cottage garden plants. I didn't set-out with a concrete plan from the start. It wasn't even a decision driven by an ideology, like...

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Plant of the Week – Anigozanthos ‘Landscape Gold’

Anigozanthos ‘Landscape Gold’ is the star in my garden from late Spring into Summer. This stunning variety is from the Tall and Tough range created by Angus Stewart, and those two words describe the uses for this Kangaroo Paw beautifully.   TALL Anigozanthos...

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 the label. That may...

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 and cute cottage...

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 soil types - it ticks...

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 also flower...

Designing my cottage garden with Australian native plants

When I first started out I didn’t fully intend to create a cottage style garden with Australian natives, but there is no denying that is what my garden has become! I have always loved the romanticism of a cottage garden. In my 20s my first gardens and pots were filled...

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 be celebrated, and...

Christmas Gifts for Gardeners – Australian Edition

It’s time again for my annual Christmas themed post! This year I’m bringing you more Christmas inspiration, kicking off with this Christmas gift ideas for Gardeners. As usual this gift guide is Australian themed - with a focus on Australian botanical designs and...

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 many plant species...

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