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.

Aloe Vera

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I bought one small Aloe Vera in 2010… My Aloe Vera has been in a pot, grew and multiplied at first but has been dry and neglected and the past few weeks hot sun has made it brown and sad. I moved the pot onto a garden bed for now so it is out of… more…

Apthenia Baby Sunrose

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Apthenia Baby Sunrose – Label says evergreen soft-wooded perennial or succulent, small red flowers. 10 cm high – spreading. I planted several of these along the native path against the sandstone blocks.  The ground was like concrete. I each plant a little mound of compost and watered occasionally until it took. It now spreads nicely… more…

Austromyrtus tenuifolia – midgen berry

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Also known as the the midgen berry. I planted this along at the bottom of the eastern fence several years ago but it became overshadowed by a more vigorous westringia. Earlier this year the Westringia went and with the new access to light and space this little shrub has grown well. It is now quite… more…

Bamboo to Block the Western Sun

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There are two ways to get shade – to build it or to grow it – and I need shade on the western side of the house. When we moved here there was a mock orange hedge – horrible thing.  It was two metres high but didn’t block the sun, it billowed out and filled… more…

Bauera rubioides (Dog Rose)

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Small shrub from Mt Barney & Mt Lindesay.  Thin wiry branches are slightly hairy. Whorled leaves. Attractive and prolific pink or white flowers with 4 to 10 petals in spring and summer. Also been referred to as Madder-Leaved Bauera. Rambling shrub to 2 metres.  Occurs in wet, shaded areas of New South wales, Victoria, Tasmania… more…

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… more…

Clivia

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This pale yellow clivia is by the path to the front door. Along the west fence is the more common orange clivia. It has moved around a little but seems to have found its niche. Poor clay soil, deep shade in winter, not so deep in summer. I cut off the seed pods after the… more…

Dichondra repens – Kidney Weed

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Creeping herb with green circular leaves. Said to have greenish-white 5 mm flowers in Spring/Summer but I have yet to see any. I find this a useful creeping groundcover in the front lawn, on the verge, on mulched paths.  It dries out quickly in hot sun but usually comes back again when it’s cooler. Mows… more…

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