After experiencing such a long hot summer, it does make you question which plants handle the heat better than others. Almost every time you would have to say our natives. It’s obvious really, because they are the most suitable to our vast changing climate, and not only are they sustainable with lower maintenance, but are relatively easy to propagate and encourage our native wildlife into our gardens. So lets have a look at some native garden basics.
Our Top 5 Favorite Natives
Depending on where you live, will depend on which native plants you can grow. There are many different climates in Australia, so check out a native planting guide to get started. You can also choose from a range of different plants, such as trees, ground cover, shrubs, flowers and even orchids.
Gardens Online offer an easy to use plant finder, which helps with selection, especially if you can’t remember the name. You can look up a plant 3 ways 1. Characteristics 2. Name or Family 3. Visually.
Australian Banksia Ericifolia
Undoubtedly one of the prettiest banksia’s, this gorgeous yellow to reddish-orange flower is a stand out for me. It closely matches the colours of our Australian landscape, and attracts our native honey-eater birds. It is naturally found on the Central Coast of N.S.W and down towards Jervis Bay on the South Coast of N.S.W, and would also be a welcomed addition to a family garden.
This gorgeous native flowers for most of the year, which is a winner when it comes to attracting both native birds and our lovely little bees. It can reach a height of between 1.5-2 meters and likes a sunny, well drained position and will tolerate moderate frosts. You can grow it in tubs as well.
Bracteantha Bracteata-Helica (Everlasting Daisy or Straw Flower)
Naturally found in the dry rain forest of north Queensland, through to coastal areas of Western Australia, and seemingly every imaginable habitat in between, although not in the wet or shady parts. Generally flowering spring to autumn, although those varieties which occur in arid inland areas flower in the cooler months as well.
Amongst the most popular of our native trees, are the flowering gums. Flowers are a beautiful soft pink colour with a hint of apricot. Great bird attracting flowers for a native habitat and it is said to be a very good performer for big and small gardens adding lovely summer colour.
Naturally found in a rain forest climate, from northern N.S.W through to Southern Queensland, and consist of 30 or more species. The large, bell-shaped flowers are usually pink in colour and are found in clusters at the ends of the branches. The flowers are so beautiful and are followed by seed capsules which contain many large seeds. Brachychiton Discolor is a hardy plant in most climates, but it may grow a little slower in some.