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.

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… Read more

Goodenia – yellow flowers on an unassuming but attractive plant

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Although Goodenia ovata is often described as a small, open shrub, it grows as a ground cover on the verge. It’s extremely hardy and always seems to have cheerful yellow flowers.The leaves are glossy green with a serrated edge.Bought as tube stock from Kumbartcho Nursery A second Goodenia bought from Plant Shack in August 2018. Planted… Read 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… Read 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… 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