If you’re looking for more native plants to add to your garden, then look no further. Although non-native plants may look more attractive, native plants are actually much hardier and were designed to live in that environment anyway.
But which plants are actually native and where do you look for them? Here are eight Australian native plants to make your garden look absolutely wonderful.
The first of the Australian native plants is the Australian daisy. It’s a beautiful flower that serves as perfect ground cover because of how closely they grow together. It comes in a variety of shades including mauve, white, and blue.
Bottlebrush looks a bit bizarre, but is actually quite low-maintenance. It has very vivid red flowers that bloom in the spring and summer, and provides a lot of nectar to birds and bees.
These are also called paper daisies, and are perennials that come back in year after year. They come in a variety of bright shades of pink and red, but there are some that are even white and blue.
Similar to a palm, cycads can grow to at least one to two meters tall. They do grow very slowly, and grow best in well-drained sandy soil. Full sun provides them with ample energy to grow, and do need regular watering when they are young.
The banksia also serves as great ground cover. The flowers are an attractive array of white, yellow, orange and red, and are known for attracting birds and bees to any garden. They do need sun and well-drained sandy soil, but are pretty low maintenance otherwise.
You’d think these plants were orchids, but they are not remotely related. These are actually evergreens that grow these beautifully bright orange flowers. They do need good watering during the summer months, but don’t otherwise tolerate wet conditions.
One of the most well-known Australian native, eucalyptus trees are easily adaptable to different growing environments. And because there are so many different kinds of eucalyptus, you can find the one you want that fits your plant-caring style.
Bird’s Nest Fern
The best way to describe the leaves of this fern is “leathery.” The bird’s nest fern is a pretty hardy plant that typically grows in the rainforest regions. This means that it doesn’t need a lot of sunlight, but it thrives in very moist conditions. When mature, they can get as wide as one to two meters. These plants also do quite well indoors if you keep one inside a container.
Finding native Australian plants for your garden doesn’t have to feel like an exercise in futility. There are plenty to choose from too so that you can plan out the look of your garden exactly the way you want it to look. Whether you want a garden rich with beautiful flowers or want to focus on something more green, there are a wide variety of Australian native plants to choose from.