Australian Natives have become increasingly popular with both landscapers and home gardeners because of the broad variety of attractive foliage and flower plants available (20,000 species in cultivation) which provides a seemingly endless range to choose from along with the convenience of being extremely tolerant to the dry Australian climate and involving little maintenance. 


  • Plant & Growing Tips:

    A native garden should require careful planning with attention to the growth habit, size and colour of the plants and whether they are suited to the area.

    Native plants carefully chosen can provide marvellous seasonal colour.

    Many of the best native gardens are based on real bush examples. Most people are after a natural looking bush garden and so a few ideas have been provided below:

    *Open woodland to a denser forest habitat with groundcovers, climbers, grasses, shrubs and trees.

    *Heathland mainly consisting of shrubs and groundcovers with showy flowers.

    *Cottage garden style with emphasis on flowers that may be blended with compatible exotics.

    *Rockery or rock outcrops that consists of alpine plants, tussock grasses, grass trees and perhaps ground orchids.

    *Rainforest with an assortment of ferns, palms, cycads and climbers.

    Natives can be made more formal with light, regular tip pruning and shaping to keep plants more dense and compact. Our natives in the Australian bush are subject to foraging animals, insects and frosts that prunes the plant back naturally.

    The key to growing natives is to select plants that have a record of doing well in your area.(It is best to seek advice from your local nurseryman).

    Smaller specimens tend to handle transplant better than advanced native trees and shrubs.

    Many natives require good drainage and prefer mildly acid to neutral soils (pH 5.5 - 7).

    Avoid planting on hot or windy days as plants are likely to dry out in such conditions.

    In areas that are exposed to severe frosts, planting should be carried out in mid spring and summer (well after frosts have finished).

    Only stake plants if they are likely to fall over (use a cloth or stockings as a tie as this will minimise trunk damage).

    Mulching is ideal for conserving soil moisture and helps prevent from drying out during the warmer months.

    Keep in mind that many of the desirable natives are relatively short lived and may start to suffer or look miserable after ten years. (The best method at this stage is to remove the plant and replace it).

  • Fertiliser Applications:


Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.