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.

Acacia Fimbriata – Brisbane Wattle

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The focal point of our front garden is the Brisbane Wattle.  It has birds of all sizes  in it every day – fairy wrens, small brown honey eaters, Australasian fig bird, Noisy friarbirds, all love this tree.  In late winter, it has a mass of yellow flowers and is abuzz with bees. These medium-sized trees… more…

Aloe Vera

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I bought one small Aloe Vera in 2010… From that one, I now have many plants. The aloe vera is the one plant that thrives just about anywhere and can withstand the wind. I plant it anywhere there is a gap so that there is some handy for ant and wasp bites. The flowers are a… 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…

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