require less maintenance, less pesticide and less fertilizer;
restore the local character of the area;
can be used in large and difficult areas, such as school yards and creek frontages to great effect and at low cost using tubestock plants.
Designing With Native Plants
Many indigenous plants are associated with grazing by wallabies, so can be hedged with dramatic effect in formal gardens. Low borders can be created with daisies and ground covers.
Shade loving lilies, bluebells and daisies can be grown in compact courtyards, creating butterfly gardens or, with a pond, frogscaping.
Dense plantings using colour, texture, foliage and shape, create fascinating cottage garden effects with year round interest.
Be inspired by the Australian landscape, and create an informal garden for yourself and the birds.
Well grown indigenous plants can be a useful addition to a general garden, providing a lower maintenance area, or plants for that difficult area.
Bees and other pollinators are a very important part of our urban wildlife acting as pollinators for many plants including many of our favourite vegetables and fruit as well as our indigenous plants.
The European Honey Bee has a large foraging range of many kilometres but the local solitary bees have a much smaller range of about 500 metres. This means the small local plantings of their favourite plants can go a long way to keeping these small visitors to your garden alive and well.
Bees need to be able to access the nectar or pollen of a flower. This can be difficult with many of the cultivars of common garden plants that may now not even produce any nectar. Simple, open flowers are preferred by all bees with many solitary bees being expert at living with our local plants.
How to help maintain healthy bee populations:
Plant a range of flowering plants that will be available to the bees at many times of the year.
Avoid using insecticide sprays or dusts particularly on plants in flower when bees may be visiting.
Put a bee or pollinator hotel in a sheltered part of your garden. You will be encouraging them to stay all year.