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.

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…

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… more…

Eupomatia laurina – Native Guava

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Bought as tubestock from Kumbartcho Nursery 10/12/2016 Label says: Semi-shade, well-drained to 5m tall. Open arching habit, evergreen, cream daisy-shaped flowers in late spring/early summer. Green urn-shaped fruit. Attracts fruit eating birds Eastern dusk-flat butterfly host plant Aboriginal food and tool source fruit can be used for jam Wikipedia – Eupomatia laurina: In cultivation E… more…

Front Pond and Native Pond Plants

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In December 2013, my Christmas present to myself was a pond. It’s in the front bed which means the morning sun comes in at the side. Plants are: NYMPHOIDES PURPLE MOZAIC – Yellow water fringe lily . Bought from Mappins at West End – said that it needs 5 hours of sun to flower (less… more…

Golden Carpet Stonecrop (Sedum acre)

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This stuff grows anywhere, tolerates poor and dry soil, strikes from small pieces. Small yellow flowers.  The blue tongue lizards like it. I was a bit concerned about weed potential but it seems to spread, not jump and is easy to pull out.  To kill completely, just sheet-cover or out-compete. Alyssum can beat it. August… more…

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… more…

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… more…

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