The most spectacular thing about living out our dreams as landscape gardeners on the Sunshine Coast, is taking advantage of the incredible Australian natural fauna that thrives here.
Our country has the most beautiful native trees and shrubs found anywhere in the world, and the best part, they can survive in even the most harshest of climates.
This month, our team at Fence and Garden Sunshine Coast are going to share our favourite Australian native plants for your garden, and give you some tips on how to keep them healthy for years to come.
The BlueBerry Ash
Blueberry Ash is a fabulous Australian tree that is extremely adaptable and grows naturally from Queensland right down to Tasmania, which makes it one of the most versatile Australian natives.
It looks great in all gardens, and can be grown as a feature tree, screen or just in a large pot on a balcony.
We love this native, and use it quite a bit in our garden features.
The Spotted Emu Bush (Eremophila maculata)
A gorgeous sturdy shrub perfect for dry areas with direct sunlight, the Spotted Emu Bush is ideal for the Sunshine Coast’s sunny climate.
With its low maintenance qualities, the Spotted Emu Bush will basically take care of itself and can grow to about 2.5 metres, and produces red/purple flowers with white spots in spring, summer and winter. This is a great shrub for rock gardens or as a shrub border.
The Kangaroo Paw
This iconic Aussie plant is loved for its stunning flowers which attract birds and also make great cut flowers to put on the kitchen table! We love Kangaroo Paw because it comes in 13 different species and you can pretty much pick one that suits just about any climate and soil type. However, choosing the right one for your garden can get quite confusing especially as there are now many different hybrids to choose from, but never fear because our team at Fence and Garden Sunshine Coast can certainly point you in the right direction.
Waratahs are simply one of the most spectacular of all our native plants, and there are a number of different species to choose from, including:
– Dwarf varieties suitable for pots
– Shady Lady series, which are varieties tolerant of shadier and cooler conditions
– Waratahs with different flower colours, like ‘Champagne’ (pink), ‘Golden Globe’ (yellow) and ‘Bridal Gown’ (white)
– And, waratahs that cope with warmer humid conditions, like Queensland!
Whichever type you plant you’ll be rewarded with beautiful flowers, mainly in spring, that are full of nectar and are excellent for bringing birds into your garden.
An added bonus with waratahs is they also make fantastic cut flowers.