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.
Dar Brookes It is a sobering thought that it will take 20 years to replace a 20-year-old tree if it dies.
Warren Sheather The leptospermums are universally known as tea trees and are common in local bushland.
Dar Brookes These hot days are a great opportunity for some armchair gardening to avoid being out in of the extreme heat of the day.
Warren Sheather Growing plants in pots may be used to brighten up balconies, decks, patios and other outdoor areas.
Warren Sheather We recently described a number of hakeas from the eastern states. This time it is the turn of Western Australia, the home of a bewildering range of native plants including about 70 hakea species.