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Shade loving Leionema ‘Green Screen’

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This is still one of my favourite native shrubs for growing in dry shade or part sun,  Leionema ‘Green Screen’ is a hybrid of L. elatius and L. lamprophyllum, and is an extremely useful plant! In the image above you Read more ›

Bee Friendly Grevillea: Grevillea sericea

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Grevillea sericea is a very useful shrub in a native garden, it makes a wonderful small bird habitat plant with its prickly leaves and small spider flowers, it will grow and flower in part to heavy shade and it can Read more ›

Bulli Grevillea Park: Banksia ‘Bush Candles’

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This is an amazing mass planting of Banksia spinulosa ‘Bush Candles’ at Bulli Grevillea Park which I re-visited last weekend. I remember when these were planted and how truly underwhelming this garden bed appeared, so it was so lovely to Read more ›

Silky Emu Bush: Eremophila nivea Grafted

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This has to be one of the most tactile of native plants, rivalled closely by Adenanthos sericeus, with its silver white foliage and hundreds of purple flowers it is a coveted specimen for many gardeners. The bees love it too as Read more ›

What is it with Waratah’s?

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There are a handful of Australian native plants that are truly iconic and Waratahs are very high up on this list, possibly in the top 3….whenever I see them in the bush it is easy to see why we are Read more ›

Keith’s Garden

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This is my friend Keith’s native front garden in Bulli, I have wanted to take photos of this garden for a long time and on a recent visit finally remembered my camera. Phew! I had to snap quickly as the Read more ›

The many colours of Banksia robur

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I saw this particular Banksia robur at Wireandra Nursery a couple of weeks ago, and could be heard to cry out ‘Wow those flowers have Aqua in them!’ once I go up closer I also noticed that at the end Read more ›

Why are Kangaroo Paws so hard to photograph?

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I have found photographing Kangaroo Paws to be extremely frustrating, which is a great shame as they are one of my favourite native plants. They are showy, have long lasting flowers, a weeping leaf habit mixed with the striking vertical Read more ›

Tough as nails: Actinotus helianthi

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It was bound to happen at some stage, I am beginning to double up on topics on my blog posts argh! it is slightly annoying but at the same time I am learning more about native plants all the time Read more ›

Exotic looking native: Rhododendron lochiae

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There are several native plants that I like to use when either designing a planting that already has some exotic species established or when trying to convince people that not all native plants are straggly, open and dry looking. This Read more ›

Inverawe Native Gardens

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On my recent trip to Tasmania I was lucky enough to be able to co-ordinate myself and my family to visit this reasonably new open garden in Margate. Inverawe Native Gardens are Tasmania’s largest Landscaped Native Gardens which is quite Read more ›