Living Mulch: Waterwise, Firewise & Seriously Good Looking

Mulching the garden to cut-back on water-use is enshrined in garden lore. Protecting the soil from direct sunlight prevents it from getting hot and…

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Environmental Weeds: Native Invaders and Eager Exotics

We see them on the roadsides: vigorous, long-flowering, hardy and a splash of colour against the grey-green foliage of the native species. They are…

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Conserving Indigenous Remnant Vegetation at Heide

“There is a growing and strong, but quite unscientific ‘feeling’ that the bush must be saved and I believe this feeling should be encouraged to the…

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Fan Flower – Fabulous Native Ground Cover

Scaevola – groundcover species What a popular garden plant this has become, and quite rightly so.  The splendid fan flowers that give the genus its…

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Native Orchids

Orchids are one of my favourite plants and one of the many reasons why I live on a forested property north of Melbourne. The area is a recognised…

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Albany Woolly Bush – A Home Grown Christmas Tree

Adenanthos sericeus As Christmas approaches, many of you may be considering a Christmas tree for the occasion. Why not break from the traditional…

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Indigenous Plants

What is an indigenous plant? Indigenous plants are not only native to Australia, but they are plants that occur naturally in your local area. Your…

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Tree Fern Harvesting

Most garden plants are propagated in nurseries, but some can be harvested from the bush: Grass trees Xanthorrhoea spp. Tree ferns Dicksonia spp.…

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Native Lawns

It may surprise you to learn that not all native grasses are tall feature plants. In fact in parts of Australia, pasture is composed almost entirely…

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