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Happy little inner city garden: Leichhardt Garden Design

This small garden in the inner west of Sydney is actually quite generous, there is room for lawn, a studio and a seperate outdoor eating area. This means there is also room for lots of different native plants! Hooray! we Read more ›

There’s nothing quite like Maireana oppositifolia

There truly is nothing quite like Maireana oppositifolia, the strange and intriguing habit of this silver foliaged beauty is unique. It has a strong upright habit with its branchlets compact and forming points giving it a sculptural affect. In the Read more ›

The silver cascading Banksia ‘Roller Coaster’

This is one of the most useful native plants around, a prostrate form of the coast Banksia, Banksia integrifolia. I like to use it for covering embankments like the one in these images at the Bulli Grevillea Park. It also Read more ›

Two more lovelies for the Emu Bush Challenge: Eremophila cuneifolia and rotundifolia

I am still very, very slowly working on my Emu Bush plant palette, adding these two beauties Eremophila cuneifolia and Eremophila rotundifolia makes six, I’m halfway to my desired dozen…phew Both these species were grafted where I saw them in Read more ›

The multifaceted Eremophila oppositifolia

I am returning to a challenge I set myself over a year ago to increase my knowledge of the many beautiful and useful Eremophila species, I am quite behind the time line I set myself, but better late than never! Read more ›

The arching canes of Old Socks: Grevillea leucopteris

There are a group of Grevilleas which throw their flowers out on tall leggy canes, up into the air far away from their foliage. Grevillea petrophiloides is probably one of the better known and more available ones in NSW, but Read more ›

Happy Wattle Day! Acacia ‘Little Nugget’: Foliage before flowers

It’s the first of August again and so Happy Wattle Day! along with all the historic connotations of this wonderful day I do truly rejoice in the wonderful genus that is the Acacia, and not only for its flower but Read more ›

Another furry leaved beauty: Lasiopetalum baueri

This is commonly known as Slender Velvet Bush, which is a most apt description of this interesting under-storey shrub. Lasiopetalum baueri has rusty coloured , furry new growth and pretty delicate pink flowers in Winter. The dried flowers are long-lasting Read more ›

Portfolio: Garden Design Lilyfield

This is the tiny front garden of a small cottage in Lilyfield that was planted out about about 2 years ago, during that time it has flourished! Providing well needed privacy from the street and adding a lovely sense of Read more ›

Rambling bank covering Grevillea banksii prostrate

There are many, many Grevillea ground covers, and most of them cover a large area and have either a toothbrush or spider flower. Not this one! this is Grevillea banksii prostrate and it not only has a large showy flower spike Read more ›

Beginner Friendly: Banksia paludosa ‘Little Pal’

There are many, many dwarf forms of Banksias around now, most of them are Banksia spinulosa, a few are ericifolia. ¬†You can never have enough Banksias and if all these dwarf cultivars mean more Banksias are being planted in gardens Read more ›