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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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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 7 native Pelargonium...

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 does look...

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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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...

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...

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 and summer, Crowea...

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...

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.

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...
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