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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

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.
Ranunculus_lappaceus.jpg
 
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
Viola_hederacea.jpg
 
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

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
Wahlenbergia_stricta.jpg
 
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

bird attracting
bog gardens
coastal gardens
flowers and showy seed heads
kangaroo proof

project type

urban and commercial
residential

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
good drainage

Grevillea juniperina

juniper-leaf grevillea, Prickly spider flower.

This grevillea varies in habit from a spreading semi-prostrate to a rounded upright shrub. The leaves are dark green and needle like and provide excellent protection for small birds.
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originACT, NSW, Qld.
cultural notesLong lived, hardy and adaptable to a range of soils and climates. Prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade.
maintenancePrune to maintain shape.
toleratesFrost and drought tolerant
flowering seasonSpring and Summer.
flower colourThe spider-like flowerheads vary in colour from scarlet through orange to pale yellow.
foliage colourNeedle like leaves are dark green.
widthup to 2m
heightup to 2.4m
plant spacing100cm apart
recommended usesExcellent habitat for small birds. A hardy plant good for mass plantings or as a feature specimen.
 
plant image creditsCreative Commons License S.L. Prior

plant type

native flowers, groundcovers and climbers


water      hardiness





top ten

butterfly attracting
clay soils
fire retardant
frost tolerant
groundcovers
lawn alternatives
verge planting

project type

urban and commercial
residential
erosion control

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
good drainage

Myoporum parvifolium

creeping booblialla

Prostrate shrub forming dense mats along the ground, spreading to 3m. Small white or pink flowers can be seen through spring summer and autumn.
 
originNSW, Vic, SA, Tas, WA.
cultural notesAdaptable to a range of soils and climates, soils must be well drained. At its best in full sun, shade can cause the foliage to thin out. Stems set roots at the nodes.
maintenanceCan be cut back to maintain shape.
toleratesDrought, frost and salt.
flowering seasonSpring, Summer and Autumn.
flower colourStar shaped white or pale pink flowers with purple spots. Flowers are followed by small edible purple or green fruit.
foliage colourDark green narrow leaves to 4cm long, usually shorter.
widthup to 3m
heightup to 0.5m
plant spacing50cm apart
recommended usesUseful plant in coastal gardens due to its salt tolerance and good sand and soil binding properties. Excellent rockery plant.

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