There is no doubt about it, summer is hot in south east Queensland. With water shortages now taking place across the south east, we need to start thinking about plants that can survive in the harsh, dry and often drought-stricken conditions.
Here is our list of native Queensland plants that will survive the summer burn, with and without the need of water.
SPOTTED EMU BUSH (EREMOPHILA MACULATA)
This plant 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.
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.
HAPPY WANDERER (HARDENBERGIA)
With a little water, a bit of shade and well-drained soil, this plant will happily wander up walls and trellises without too much help. It suits most parts of Australia and often flowers throughout winter and spring.
The Blueberry Ash Elaeocarpus reticulatus is a large shrub or small tree which produces lots of sweet smelling bell-shaped pink or white flowers in spring and early summer. The smell is a little like aniseed or liquorice.
Cycads have existed since the Jurassic Period 200 million years ago, and still thrive today basically anywhere, including Queensland gardens. Cycads are incredibly long-lived, with some individuals in the wild estimated to be around 1,000 years old.
Leatherwood trees in flower produce lots of sweet nectar in their masses of sweetly scented white flowers. There trees are sturdy and beautiful, but they are also fantastic for attractive bees, and if you like honey, then maybe it’s time to start looking into trying out a bee hive if your own!