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plant type

native flowers, groundcovers and climbers


water      hardiness





top ten

coastal gardens
flowers and showy seed heads
small plants for small gardens

project type

urban and commercial
residential

soil type and drainage

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

Wahlenbergia communis

tufted bluebell

Tufted or open perennial herb growing to a height of 40cm and spreading 30cm. Blue bell shaped flower on long stems in summer.
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originAll mainland Australian states.
cultural notesPrefers moist, well drained soils in full sun to full shade. In dry seasons plants will die off and reshoot from the taproot in Winter when conditions are more favourable.
toleratesFrost and shade tolerant, will die back in dry conditions and reshoot when moisture returns.
flowering seasonLate Spring, Summer and early Autumn.
flower colourPale to bright blue bell shaped flowers held above the foliage on long stems.
foliage colourFoliage is blue-green forming tufts at the base of the plant.
widthup to 0.3m
heightup to 0.4m
plant spacing20cm apart
recommended usesAttractive when used in mass plantings, in rockeries or cottage gardens. Also effective for combination plantings in pots.

plant type

native flowers, groundcovers and climbers


water      hardiness





top ten

coastal gardens
flowers and showy seed heads
small plants for small gardens

project type

urban and commercial
residential

ecosystem type

woodland
riparian

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
good drainage

Wahlenbergia stricta

tall bluebell

tufted/ trailing plant attractive purple flowers
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originnsw, act, vic, qld, tas, sa
cultural notesfull sun, poor soils, very hardy
maintenanceprune to remove spent flower heads
toleratesfrost, drought conditions
flowering seasonspring to summer
flower coloursmall star shaped purple flowers
foliage coloursmall soft green leaves at base
heightup to 0.4m
plant spacing10cm apart
recommended usesrockeries, mass plantings, pots, hanging baskets and as a substitute lawn
 
plant image creditsCreative Commons License Ian Sutton

plant type

native flowers, groundcovers and climbers


water      hardiness





top ten

coastal gardens

project type

urban and commercial
residential

soil type and drainage

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

Pelargonium australe

native geranium

A small perennial plant growing to a height and width of 50cm and usually forming a rounded bush.
 
originNSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, WA.
cultural notesAn adaptable plant found naturally in a range of habitats from semi-arid to coastal to alpine. Prefers a sunny position.
toleratestolerant of frost, drought and a wide range of soils.
flowering seasonSpring and Summer.
flower colourPale pink or white flowers streaked with red. They occur on long stalks and in clusters.
foliage colourThe leaves are light green and kidney shaped, with 5-7 lobes.
widthup to 0.5m
heightup to 0.5m
plant spacing50cm apart
recommended usesCan be used in rockeries or in pots.

plant type

native flowers, groundcovers and climbers


water      hardiness






project type

urban and commercial
residential

soil type and drainage

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

Stylidium gramnifolium

grass trigger plant

Tufted perennial with grass-like foliage and clusters of pale pink to magenta flowers in spring and summer. Trigger plant are so named due to a trigger mechanism in the flower that reacts when an insect lands to deposit pollen onto the insect.
 
originNSW, ACT, Qld Vic, Tas, SA.
cultural notesPrefers moist, well drained soils in full sun or part shade.
toleratesDrought and frost tolerant. Will tolerate wet periods once established.
flowering seasonSpring and Summer.
flower colourFlower are pale pink to deep magenta and are held well above the foliage on lond stems.
foliage colourGrass like foliage to 30cm long in tufts at the base of the plant.
widthup to 0.5m
heightup to 0.8m
plant spacing30cm apart
recommended usesExcellent in rockeries or as a container plant. Effective when planted in drifts.

plant type

native flowers, groundcovers and climbers


water      hardiness





top ten

coastal gardens
flowers and showy seed heads
small plants for small gardens

project type

urban and commercial
residential

ecosystem type

grassland

soil type and drainage

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

Wahlenbergia ACT mix

australian bluebell

tufted perennial, attractive blue-purple flowers
 
originaustralia wide
cultural notesfull sun or part shade, most soil conditions, dormant in winter, fast growing, long lived, very hardy
maintenancemay be pruned annually to maintain compact growth
toleratesdrought conditions
flowering seasonlate spring to autumn
flower coloursmall blue-purple star shaped flowers on long stems
foliage coloursmall pale green leaves
heightup to 0.4m
recommended usesornamental, ideal for landscaping + mass planting. Also excellent in rockeries + hanging baskets and suitable as border/edging plant

plant type

native flowers, groundcovers and climbers


water      hardiness





top ten

coastal gardens
flowers and showy seed heads
small plants for small gardens

project type

urban and commercial
residential

ecosystem type

coastal
woodland

soil type and drainage

medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
reasonable drainage

Wahlenbergia gracilis

australian bluebell

tufted plant attractive purple flowers
 
originnsw, act, vic, qld, tas, sa
cultural notesfull sun or part shade, poor soils, very hardy.
maintenanceprune to remove spent flower heads
toleratesfrost, drought conditions
flowering seasonspring to summer
flower coloursmall star shaped purple flowers
foliage coloursmall green leaves at base
heightup to 0.2m
plant spacing10cm apart
recommended usesrockeries, mass plantings, pots, hanging baskets and as a substitute lawn

plant type

native flowers, groundcovers and climbers


water      hardiness






project type

urban and commercial
residential

ecosystem type

woodland
grassland

soil type and drainage

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

Ranunculus lappaceus

common buttercup

A small hardy perennial plant growing to a height and width of around 50cm.
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originNSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, Qld.
cultural notesA very hardy plant happiest in a sunny position with ample moisture. Adaptable to a range of soils.
maintenanceWill self seed and may require containment.
toleratesTolerant of frost and damp conditions.
flowering seasonSpring and Summer.
flower colourProminent golden yellow flowers borne on stalks well above the foliage.
foliage colourMid green are divided into 3 or 5 leaflets.
widthup to 0.5m
heightup to 0.5m
plant spacing20cm apart
recommended usesPopular in cottage style gardens.
 
plant image creditsCreative Commons License Ian Sutton

plant type

native flowers, groundcovers and climbers


water      hardiness





top ten

bog gardens
fire retardant
groundcovers
lawn alternatives
shady gardens
small plants for small gardens

project type

urban and commercial
residential

ecosystem type

woodland
riparian

soil type and drainage

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

Viola hederacea

native violet

groundcover attractive white flowers
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originnsw, act, vic, qld, tas, sa
cultural notesfull sun or part shade, most soils, very hardy
maintenanceprune to control
toleratesfrost, shady positions
flowering seasonspring
flower coloursmall white and purple flowers appearing on stems above the foliage
foliage coloursmall soft rounded leaves
heightup to 0.2m
plant spacing10cm apart
recommended usesrockeries, mass plantings, pots, hanging baskets and as a groundcover

plant type

native flowers, groundcovers and climbers


water      hardiness





top ten

bird attracting
coastal gardens
flowers and showy seed heads
small plants for small gardens

project type

urban and commercial
residential
erosion control

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
good drainage

Grevillea lanigera prostrate

grevillea lanigera prostrate

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.
 
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.

plant type

native flowers, groundcovers and climbers


water      hardiness





top ten

butterfly attracting

project type

urban and commercial
residential

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
good drainage

Myoporum viscosum

sticky boobialla

A dense shrub with dark green leaves and profuse white flowers in spring and summer.
 
originNSW, Vic, SA, WA.
cultural notesA hardy shrub that requires well drained soils and a sunny position.
maintenanceResponds well to pruning.
toleratesTolerant of drought, frost and salt spray.
flowering seasonSpring and Summer.
flower colourThe flowers are small, white and star shaped, with purple spots and hairy centres. Flowers are followed by small succulent yellow fruits which are edible.
foliage colourFoliage is dark green and the new growth is sticky, hence the name sticky boobialla.
widthup to 2m
heightup to 3m
plant spacing50cm apart
recommended usesA handy shrub for dry areas, particularly on the coast. Useful for informal hedges and borders.

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