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Indigofera australis

austral indigo

An open spreading shrub growing to 2m in height and width. Blue-grey foliage and sprays of mauve-pink pea-shaped flowers in spring are a feature of this plant.
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originAll Australian states.
cultural notesA hardy plant that adapts to full sun or full shade and flowers well in both. It is not fussy about soils provided they are well drained.
maintenanceShould be pruned from early age to encourade an attractive shape. Can be pruned quite hard but pruning into old wood should be avoided.
toleratesFrost and drought tolerant once established.
flowering seasonLate Winter, Spring, early Summer.
flower colourMauve pink pea style flowers occur in long heads.
foliage colourBlue-green pinnate leaves to 10cm in length with a soft, velvety texture.
widthup to 2m
heightup to 2m
plant spacing50cm apart
recommended usesAn attractive shrub that is under-utilised as a garden plant.
 
plant image creditsCreative Commons License Pkravchenko

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bird attracting
coastal gardens
flowers and showy seed heads

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urban and commercial

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage

Grevillea baueri

grevillea baueri

A dense sprawling shrub growing to 1.5m in height and spreading 3m. The mid green leaves are oblong in shape, growing to 25mm long. Tight heads of pink and cream flowers are produced in winter and spring.
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originNSW.
cultural notesA hardy plant tolerant of most soils provided they are well drained. Grow in full sun or light shade.
maintenancePrune lightly if necessary.
toleratesFrost and drought tolerant.
flowering seasonWinter and Spring.
flower colourSpider flower clusters are pink and cream in colour.
foliage colourThe leaves are mid green, oblong in shape and closely packed onto the stems. The new growth often has a bronze-red tinge.
widthup to 3m
heightup to 1.5m
plant spacing100cm apart
recommended usesA hardy low growing shrub useful as a hedge or border plant.
 
plant image creditsCreative Commons License Danielle Langlois

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bird attracting
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clay soils
coastal gardens
small plants for small gardens
verge planting

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urban and commercial
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soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage

Leptospermum 'Pink Cascade'

leptospermum 'Pink Cascade'

Thought to be a hybrid between Leptospermum polygalifolium 'Pacific Beauty' and Leptospermum continentale. A spreading shrub with an arching or weeping habit , growing to 80cm in height and spreading 1.5m. Profuse pink flowers are borne in spring.
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originHybrid species.
cultural notesWill tolerate a range of soils but is happiest in moist soils with good drainage. Grow in full sun or part shade.
maintenanceCan be pruned lightly to maintain shape.
toleratesFrost and drought tolerant.
flowering seasonSpring and Summer.
flower colourPink flowers to 20mm in diameter are borne along the arching stems.
foliage colourNarrow lance-shaped leaves grow to 15mm in length and are mid to dark green in colour.
widthup to 1.5m
heightup to 0.8m
plant spacing50cm apart
recommended usesA useful feature plant or in rockeries or for growing over retaining walls.
 
plant image creditsCreative Commons License S.L. Prior

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bird attracting
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groundcovers
kangaroo proof
lawn alternatives
small plants for small gardens

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soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
good drainage

Grevillea lanigera 'Mt Tamboritha'

grevillea lanigera 'Mt Tamboritha'

A dense groundcover spreading to 1.5m. Narrow leaves are grey-green and finely haired, giving them a soft woolly appearance. Flowers are spider-like clusters and can be red or pinkish-cream.
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originNSW. Vic.
cultural notesA very hardy plant that prefers a sunny position and well drained soils in cooler climates. Dislikes humidity.
maintenanceCan be pruned to maintain shape.
toleratesFrost and drought tolerant.
flowering seasonLate Winter and Spring.
flower colourRed or cream flowers occur in spider-like clusters.
foliage colourNarrow oblong shaped leaves are dark green but fine white hairs give them a greyish, woolly appearance.
widthup to 1.5m
heightup to 0.3m
plant spacing100cm apart
recommended usesAn attractive groundcover often used in rockeries. More compact than many of the other prostrate Grevilleas.
 
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bird attracting
bog gardens
butterfly attracting
clay soils
coastal gardens
hedges, screens and windbreaks
shady gardens

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urban and commercial
residential
erosion control

ecosystem type

woodland
riparian

Leptospermum lanigerum

Woolly tea tree

large erect dense shrub or small tree with small white flowers. Smooth bark and often silvery new growth
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originact, nsw, tas, victoria, sa
cultural notesmoderate growth rate, long lived and very hardy. Will grow in full sun or part shade in most soil conditions
maintenancemay be pruned annually to shape or tip prune to encourage bushy growth
toleratesdrought & frost
flowering seasonsummer
flower colourprolific white 5-petalled circular (15mm) flowers followed by small, woody fruits containing many seeds. The fruit remains unopened on the plant until they are removed or the plant dies.
foliage colourattractive grey oblong to narrow leaves with downy texture on new growth
widthup to 2m
heightup to 3m
plant spacing200cm apart to 400cm for specimen planting, 100-200cm for mass planting
recommended usesspecimen plant, also attractive hedging and screening and can be shaped into a more formal hedge, pond edges and bog gardens. It provides an excellent habitat for wildlife. Also excellent in controlling erosion in creeks and gullies.
 
plant image creditsCreative Commons License cs california

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bird attracting
coastal gardens
flowers and showy seed heads

project type

urban and commercial
residential

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage
reasonable drainage

Grevillea poorinda 'Firebird'

grevillea poorinda 'Firebird'

Thought to be a hybrid of Grevillea speciosa and Grevillea oleoides. A medium sized shrub growing to 2m in height and width. Bright red spider-like flower clusters.
 
originHybrid species.
cultural notesA hardy and reliable plant that is tolerant of most soils. Prefers full sun and reasonable drainage.
maintenanceCan be pruned to maintain shape.
toleratesDrought and frost tolerant. Adaptable to most Australian climates.
flowering seasonLate Winter and Spring.
flower colourAbundant bright red spider-like flower clusters.
foliage colourNarrow grey-green leaves.
widthup to 2m
heightup to 2m
plant spacing50cm apart
recommended usesAn attractive screen or hedge plant.

plant type

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shady gardens

project type

urban and commercial
residential

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage
reasonable drainage

Lomatia myricoides

long leaf lomatia

An open shrub or small tree growing to a height of 5m and spreading 3m. Narrow lance-shaped leaves to 15cm in length and short sprays of cream or pink flowers in summer.
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originNSW, ACT, Vic.
cultural notesA hardy plant that is adaptable to a range of climates and soils provided they have reasonable drainage. They prefer dappled sun to full shade.
toleratesTolerant of frost, snow and occasional innundation.
flowering seasonSummer.
flower colourThe flowers are generally cream in colour but occasionally pale pink varieties can be seen. They are borne on spikes to 15cm in length arising from the leaf axils.
foliage colourNarrow, dull green leaves to 20cm long with pointed tips and a few teeth along the margins.
widthup to 3m
heightup to 5m
plant spacing100cm apart
recommended usesA hardy shrub with attractive flowers. A useful plant for shady areas.
 
plant image creditsCreative Commons License Ian Sutton

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bird attracting
bog gardens
clay soils
coastal gardens
drought tolerant
fire retardant
frost tolerant
hedges, screens and windbreaks
verge planting

project type

urban and commercial
residential

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage

Hakea salicifolia

Willow leaved Hakea

A large shrub or small tree growing to 5m in height. It has a dense growth habit with pale to mid green lanceolate leaves. New growth has reddish tips.
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originNSW, Qld.
cultural notesA hardy and reliable fast growing plant, suitable for most soils and climates. Particularly suited to temperate and sub-tropical areas. It prefers well drained soils in full sun or shade. Often used as rootstock for grafting other Hakea species.
maintenanceCan be pruned as required to maintain shape and enourage a bushy habit.
toleratesTolerant of drought and frost.
flowering seasonSpring and Summer.
flower colourDelicate creamy white flowers occurin in dense clusters from the leaf axils.
foliage colourPale to mid-green lance shaped leaves to 12cm in length. The new growth has pinkish red to bronze tips which is an attractive feature.
widthup to 3m
heightup to 5m
plant spacing100cm apart
recommended usesA generally neat appearance makes this hardy plant useful in the garden. Suitable as a hedge or screen plant.
 
plant image creditsCreative Commons License Bidgee

plant type

native trees and shrubs


water      hardiness





top ten

bird attracting
coastal gardens
flowers and showy seed heads

project type

urban and commercial
residential

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
good drainage

Grevillea 'Sunrise'

grevillea 'Sunrise'

A hybid species thought to have Grevillea bipinnatifida as one of its parents. A small bushy shrub growing to 60cm in height and spreadin up to 2m. Apricot coloured spider-like flowers stand out against the grey-green foliage.
 
originHybrid species.
cultural notesA hardy plant that prefers full sun and well drained soils. Will tolerate humid, tropical conditions.
maintenanceCan be pruned to maintain shape.
toleratesTolerant of frost and drought.
flowering seasonWinter and Spring.
flower colourApricot coloured spider-like flowers.
foliage colourLeaves are grey-green and grow to 6cm in length.
widthup to 2m
heightup to 0.6m
plant spacing50cm apart
recommended usesAn attractive small shrub suitable as a feature plant or as a border.

plant type

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water      hardiness





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bird attracting
bog gardens
clay soils
coastal gardens

project type

urban and commercial
residential

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
reasonable drainage
poor drainage

Melaleuca parvistaminea

Rough barked honey myrtle

An upright shrub or small tree with rough scaly bark, growing to 4m in height and 5m in width. Narrow linear dark green leaves to 11mm and cream coloured flower spikes 2.5cm in length.
 
originNSW, Vic.
cultural notesNaturally occurs in poorly drained infertile soil in full sun or part shade.
toleratesTolerant of frost, poor soils, damp conditions and temporary innundation.
flowering seasonSpring and Summer.
flower colourCream coloured brush-like flower spikes to 2.5cm long and 1cm in diameter. The fruit are small woody capsules.
foliage colourSmall blunt linear dark green leaves to 11mm in length and 1mm in width.
widthup to 5m
heightup to 4m
plant spacing150cm apart
recommended usesUseful as a screen plant in damp areas or along watercourses. Bird and butterfly attracting and provides frog habitat.

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