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.

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… Read more

Grevillea ‘Peaches and Cream’

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The Grevillea ‘Peaches and Cream’ was the first plant in the native strip. It’s at the north end and we see it when we look out of the window.   This plant is thriving – more than doubled it’s size in less than a year.  The small brown honeyeaters as well as the larger birds… Read more

Hardenbergia violacea

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A flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae, native to Australia from Queensland to Tasmania. It is known in Australia by the common names false sarsaparilla, purple coral pea, happy wanderer, native lilac and waraburra. (wikipedia) Hardenbergia violacea is usually a climbing plant whose branches twist around the stems of other plants. It is moderately… Read more

Hernandia bivalvis – Grease Nut Tree / Cudgerie

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Bought as tubestock from Kumbartcho Nursery 10/12/2016. To be kept in a pot. Links http://wetlandinfo.ehp.qld.gov.au/wetlands/ecology/components/species/?hernandia-bivalvis grows up to 20m tall http://www.brisrain.org.au/01_cms/details.asp?ID=254 Small tree 6 – 12m http://www.plantthis.com.au/plant-information.asp?gardener=25910  … Read more

Hibbertia scandens

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Also known as snake vine, climbing Guinea flower or golden Guinea vine Tubestick from Kumbartcho, planted in north-east corner near fence – January 2017 http://anpsa.org.au/h-sca.html a fairly vigorous climber or scrambler, growing to 2 to 5 metres long. It has elliptic to obovate leaves 3-9cm long by 1-3 cm wide. The large golden yellow flowers… Read more

Hoya australis

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commonly known as the Waxvine or Common waxflower Bought as tubestock from Kumbartcho Nursery 10/12/2016 Planted in pot with native violets at base. Wikipedia – Hoya Australis says it is an evergreen climbing vine which may reach 4–10 m (13–33 ft). It has simple opposite glabrous (shiny) leaves 3–6 cm long and 2–5 cm wide… Read more

Kangaroo Paw

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I planted two Kangaroo Paws in a hurry on the native strip in March 2011 before I went away for 3 weeks.  They grew steadily through the winter but were doing nothing much when we went away in early September.  Six weeks later (mid-October), we returned to this… and this… It’s a west-facing wall –… Read more

Lemon Myrtle

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Backhousia citriodora (common names lemon myrtle, lemon scented myrtle, lemon scented ironwood) is a flowering plant in the family Myrtaceae, genus Backhousia. (wikipedia) See also http://www.lemonmyrtle.com.au/ Bought at native Plant sale September 2016… Read more