Australian native garden plants

Australian native garden plants

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Australian native garden plants for Melbourne

This is my guide to native Australian plants for use in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

At the other end of the globe, I grew up with native plants, close to the land, surrounded by them, every day.

In Melbourne, my experience is different. Until I moved to the inner eastern suburbs a year ago, it was rare to find any native Australian plant growing in the gardens and streets of Melbourne, so I wanted to make sure I brought back some from Australia.

There are lots of Australian native plants for Melbourne.

In this post, I’ve included as much as I know about each species, how to grow them, and places to find them.

You may need to adjust to growing them in Melbourne, but the more you learn the easier it’ll be.

To download a printable guide of recommended native Australian plants for Melbourne, click here.

Plants in a grid

This is an easy way to record plants you want to grow.

I keep a few on a kitchen window sill. Click the image below to download a PDF.

*Please check with local council or library about growing any plant

Asterixia calendulacea

This beautiful native Australian woodland plant is good at removing soil-bound nitrogen and producing new leaves quickly, as well as being a good insect feeder and pollinator.

To see the photos and grow information for this plant, click here.

NOTE: You can find the seed of this plant on Gumtree.

It’s a tiny little seed and needs to be grown under a microscope. You will find that it’s slightly hairy so put the seed in a small pot and soak it in water, leave it for a few hours, and then plant it out into a larger pot.

It does well in any kind of soil and can be hardy.

If you can get a seed or leaf to grow, you’ll have an easy and healthy plant.

Australia has been breeding this native butterfly bush over the last century, because of its ability to create nice large blooms, no fuss and all-year-round flowering, with lots of nectar for wildlife.

In Melbourne, I’ve seen them only a few times, but it’s worth searching for them in your area. I saw some close to North Melbourne railway station in 2017.

It’s a cool hardy plant, although a bit leggy so you need to plant it as early as possible.

Many gardeners remove all the leaves, because they’re a pest and nothing works like removing it. But it’s very easy to let this grow, and once it has formed a large bush it’s very easy to prune back.

It’s also a good insect pollinator.

But the foliage is where all the nectar is produced so it’s important to prune it back during winter, so that all the young nectar-producing leaves come into summer.

If you can find seedlings, that’s also a good way of starting your own plants.

When I saw this in April 2017, there were lots of these flowering, and the blackbird was doing a lot of pesting.

Unlike the other blooms in this list, these have white flowers, and last longer. You can also find other yellow daisy-like blooms on the same plant, so it’s worth searching for them too.

The plant has been hybridised for pest resistance, so it’s likely to be an easy plant to grow.

If you can get it to produce seeds, they can be beautiful.

It’s a useful perennial and easy to grow.

Although the flowers look a little yellowish in Melbourne’s summer, the natural flowers are more golden yellow, which is great for attracting pollinators.

Australia has the worlds largest flower, which is an echidna warty-feeling plant.

This hardy little seed-spurting perennial has been doing this for millions of years, and they also do it while the sun is shining!

It grows