Sunday, October 24, 2010

Going Native

We've planted a lot of native trees and shrubs on our property, and a recent check showed that some species hadn't fared so well (i.e. dead), and needed replacing.
So, we trundled down to the local nursery, which has a wonderful range of native species.
As per usual, we returned with a car boot full of lovely green stuff. :-)

Before moving to the country, I never gave much thought to planting native trees or shrubs or flowers, as I loved the colours and scents of non-native flowers. Natives were bo-o-o-o-r-ing!

Since then, I have learnt that while most natives may not be scented, they come in a dazzling array of sizes and shapes, foliage colours and shapes, and flower colours and shapes. There's more to the humble native than I ever thought!

I love buying a whole range of colours and shapes, and seeing which ones do well at our place.

Most of what we bought was native, although a couple of non-natives snuck in, due to looking so nice- the gorgeous white-flowering Spiraea cantoniensis or 'May Bush' on the left there should grow to a nice size and shade the flower bed where it's been put, and the other non-natives in this group are the Photinia x fraseri or 'Red Robin' Photinias on the right. 
   They reminded me a lot of the native lilly pilly tree which we have tried planting as a hedge around the edges of our property, but those have not done particularly well. (Probably due to being close to giant water-sucking gum trees out the front, and in a soggy corner out in the back paddock!)

Oh, and we bought a little Lisbon Lemon tree (below), seeing as how our previous one died in the frost. The new lemony is in a more sheltered spot close to the house, so we hope he fares better than his predecessor!

Finger crossed all these new arrivals settle in well!

Have you had any success with planting native plants on your property?


  1. Natives are super! Our garden is almost entirely native, apart from my herb/lavender patch out the back and a few stray daisy plants. We have correas, coral peas and grevilleas in, along with Westringia (I think that's how you spell it!) - we planted them two years ago, and they did nothing for ages, although apparently they were growing root systems. This year they've finally started growing! I'm hoping this means that the new plants I put in last year will actually do something next year, because they look a bit sad at the moment. I'm also hoping a straggly bottlebrush I pruned to within an inch of its life last year will recover this year and get bushier. It has new growth so we'll see!

  2. Hey, you finally made it! Welcome. :-)
    We've had to take what came with the property, since it seems hard to get much to grow with the huge gum trees. We've had to leave things I'd like to replace, like the Diosmas out the front- they look *amazing* when in flower, but if we took them out I'm sure nothing else would grow there so well. If it's pretty and is growing happily in a difficult spot, we leave it. :-)
    Our Westringia are doing quite well at the mo, I'm hoping they keep growing well! The Thryptomene have grown amazingly, I'd recommend them if you're looking for something very pretty and hardy...

    Oh, glad to hear that lack of growth might mean they're just getting good roots down- so there may be hope for some of our smaller specimens! :-)
    Good luck with your bottlebrush! Ours have proven very hard to get growing, but, I'm hopeful another year will see them make some progress.

  3. I've recently come around to natives too. Our school is full of them and there is so much variety in colour and texture isn't there? Good luck with yours.

  4. They're amazing plants- I wish more of the gardening shows showcased them, rather than always the non-indigenous plants!