Plants (A-Z)

These are some of the plants growing in my Brisbane suburban garden. It’s a heavy clay soil, improving every year. It’s an organic garden run on general permaculture principles, with habitat for wildlife, flowers and host plants for bees and butterflies, and food plants for humans. We have no “pets” but share our garden with resident blue tongues, small birds and lots of worms.

Myoporum boninense ssp.australe (Boobialla)

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Suggested by a volunteer at Kumbartcho Nursery as a more local Myoporum than the finer leaved ones you buy in the shops, and a very hardy low-growing shrub for the front verge. Small white flowers in Autumn followed by berries. Full sun or semi-shade Grows to approx. 50cm with spread of 1 to 2 metres [...]

Putting the Native Back into Native Strips

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On Friday, our new street tree was installed in line with the blue dot by two friendly workmen from the BCC.  They called it a "Lop Con" short for Lophostemon confertus (Queensland Brush Box), and it's the same as the others in the street. One neighbour who is also missing a tree has already ordered [...]

Enchylaena tomentosa – Ruby Saltbush

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Bought as tubestock from Kumbartcho Nursery, December 2016. Planted in south-west corner I will watch how it goes - for consideration in the native verge garden to be planted out this autumn. Shrub to 0.5 Metres High by 1 Metre across Aspect: Full Sun Soil/Conditions: Adaptable / Moist to Sandy Description: Dense Prostrate Habit Evergreen [...]

Green Pots

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These are the Smart Green pots which are a bit like mini-wicking beds. Numbers on the side B1, B2 etc make it easy to keep track of what's planted where. In early February, I set some up along the north-facing, back wall of the house. They still receive harsh summer sun so I placed some [...]

Philydrum lanuginosum – Frogsmouth

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Frogsmouth shown here in a pot with some Mazus Pumilio partly submerged in the front pond. It started as a tiny tubestock from the Nambour show and was growing well with many flower spikes about  metre long. You can see how it gets its name from the yellow flowers - one just visible in the [...]

Graptophyllum ilicifolium – Holly Fuschia

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Holly Fuschia is a  pretty shrub with leaves that look and feel like holly leaves but red fushia-like flowers rather than berries.  If you have fond memories of holly from the Northern Hemisphere - or associate it with Christmas - this is a good substitute. But it is much more than that. The flowers suit [...]

Cissus antarctica (Kangaroo Vine)

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Tubestock from Kumbartcho Nursery December 2016 Planted in pot on vertical wall on back fence behind pond. Will receive some shelter from sun in summer and be all shade in winter (south-facing). Label says: Scrambling / Climbing Woody Vine or Ground Cover to 5 Metres, Evergreen Perennial, Bright Green leaves to 12 cm, Yellowish flowers [...]

Scaevola – Fan Flower

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Scaevola is suddenly fashionable. It's a pretty plant with flowers that look like half a daisy - hence fan flowers. In the new bed betweent he tank and the house, I have Aussie Winners - aemula which has larger, softer leaves and larger flowers, and some slightly smaller cheaper versions from Ridgy-Didge. They have morning [...]