Autumn has arrived and now is the time to describe some native plants that will bring colour to your garden as the weather cools. Most of the plants described have long flowering periods that extend into winter. Also all these varieties are surviving and thriving in local gardens.
Dar Brookes Take the time to drive around the district and look at the trees showing autumn colour and appreciate how lucky we are to have the climate to produce such fabulous colour in our landscape.
Warren Sheather Cottage gardens are a popular form of landscaping. They usually composed of a wide range of exotic annuals and perennials.
Warren Sheather The prostantheras (mint bushes) are close relatives of the culinary mint and most varieties have strongly aromatic foliage. They are popular garden subjects.
Dar Brookes As autumn closes in and we are enjoying the last of the fruit tree harvests, it's time to also think about ensuring a plenteous harvest from your fruit trees next year.
Warren Sheather The bottlebrushes or callistemons are one of the most widely cultivated groups of native plants. Over the years many cultivars have appeared in nurseries so that there is a bewildering array of bottlebrushes available for the garden.
Dar Brookes Take a walk around in the cooler autumn weather and take note of plants that are currently in flower and which have been for some time.
Warren Sheather The banksias are probably the most recognisable group of Australian plants. As well as being widely-grown garden subjects they also regularly appear in both fresh and dried flower arrangements.
Dar Brookes At this time of year, we gardeners are gathering harvests and noticing some fresh, dewy mornings and the very first hints of autumn colour.
Warren Sheather The daisies are perhaps the largest group of plants in the world. Worldwide, there are more than 32,000 species with about 100 of these native to Australia.