How to pick Australian native plants for your garden

It is spring in Australia, so what better time to start planting your garden.

Take the guesswork out of gardening and go straight for plants you know suit your climate.

The best Australian Native plants
If you’re thinking of transforming your garden into an Australian oasis, or just want to introduce a few native plants, this guide will help you figure out which ones will work at your place.

Spotted Emu Bush (Eremophila maculata)

If you’re worried about designing a garden and don’t have much of a green thumb, this plant is ideal. It is drought tolerant and very low maintenance.
Simply position it in a place that gets a ton of sun and let it do its thing.
This shrub grows to about 2.5 metres and produces red/purple flowers with white spots in spring, summer and winter.
It grows well anywhere in Australia except for Darwin and the east coast of Queensland.
Spotted Emu Bush (Eremophila maculata). Photo: via [Garden Online](http://www.gardensonline.com.au/).
Spotted Emu Bush (Eremophila maculata). Photo: via Garden Online.

Kangaroo Paw

The Kangaroo Paw suits garden beds and pot plants, as it doesn’t grow too large.
When planted in a sun-drenched spot in well-drained soil, it flowers a deep red or yellow colour from late winter right through to summer.
It flourishes in temperate climate, such as that of Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne.
Kangaroo paw. Photo: Claire Takacs
Kangaroo paw. Photo: Claire Takacs

Waratah (Telopea speciosissima)

If you want something truly iconic to Australia, try growing waratahs.
They are a bit harder to maintain – and may test your patience – but the results are more than worth it.
Waratahs grow well in most of NSW, but they do need to be in an area protected from wind.

Happy Wanderer (Hardenbergia)

Are you looking for a plant to decorate your fence, door, wall or trellis? Try the Happy Wanderer.
It usually has purple flowers, but it also comes in white, pink and mauve varieties.
The Happy Wanderer does exactly that – with a little water, a bit of shade and some well-drained soil, it will happily wander up walls and trellises without too much help.
It suits most parts of Australia and often flowers throughout winter and spring.

NSW Christmas Bush (Ceratopetalum gummiferum)

While this popular plant has NSW in its name, don’t let that fool you.
The Christmas Bush will thrive anywhere along the east coast of Australia, so long as you have the space – it grows up to four metres tall!
Albery’s Red is a common variety of Christmas Bush and flowers from early November up until Christmastime. Plant in a sunny spot with well-drained soil.
Note:  I live in the USA zone 5,  so these plants are out of my league.  But it’s nice to admire them and think–what if !

Author: Dennis Hickey

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