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Wonderful Winter Wattles: Acacia iteaphylla

I love wattles, they are so useful for quick screens, winter flowers and perfume, they grow quickly and can act as a coloniser for a new garden giving it almost immediate structure. The older I get the longer lived Acacia Read more ›

Go Drumsticks! Go! Isopogon anemonifolius ‘Little Drumsticks’

Look at this shrub, can it fit anymore flowers on its tightly bunched stems? I think not… it is totally jam packed with intricate lemon yellow Drumstick flowers that last for a couple of months. This is a compact selected Read more ›

Hot Tea-trees: Leptospermum ‘Pageant’ and ‘Outrageous’

I love tea trees but don’t often think of them as particularly showy when in flower, except for ‘Cardwell’ of course which almost flowers until on the verge of collapse šŸ˜‰ Leptospermums for me are a super useful and beautiful Read more ›

Portfolio: Garden Design West Wollongong

This front garden in West Wollongong was created to function as a place for peaceful relaxation and observation, it also needed to have careful consideration in regards to levels and access to the front gate and letterbox. Originally the front Read more ›

‘Red Iron Bark’ – Eucalyptus sideroxylon Rosea

I live in Iron Bark territory, on a clay soil, near the coast, the local Iron Barks stand up to the strong coastal winds and often boggy soil. One introduced Iron bark that does very well in my area is Read more ›

Small Shade Tree: Tristaniopsis laurina

I am often asked to recommend a small shade tree, something that can fit in a small garden and has a dense canopy which you can sit under. Most people also ask for a tree with lush foliage and showy Read more ›

The Temperamentally Fruiting Plume Pine: Podocarpus elatus

I am always excited when I get to taste a new bush tucker food, these Australian native plant foods seem to get a fairly bad rap when it comes to flavour and usually I am pleasantly surprised when something ends Read more ›

More Native Christmas Trees

Whilst I am feeling slightly Christmassy I thought I’d sing the praise of one of our most recognisable native plants, the NSW Christmas Bush Horah! don’t they look amazing at the moment? something in  the strange spring we had must Read more ›

The benefits of salt bush: Rhagodia spinescens

There are several species of salt bush that I like to put in gardens, this one is one of my favouritesĀ Ā Rhagodia spinescens, it comes in varying shapes and forms, some a little more silver leaved some a little more compact. Read more ›