Hardy, drought resistant, tolerant of salt spray or boggy conditions… there really is a native plant for every garden situation. So why do so many gardeners struggle growing native plants?
Think about this vast country of ours – Australia has climates that vary from desert to tropical, coastal and alpine extremes, and soils that range from rocky to sandy to boggy and everything in between. The diversity of our native plants reflects this – you won’t see the same plants growing in Western Australia as you do in New South Wales. You won’t even see the same plants growing everywhere in New South Wales!
When you walk into a native nursery you’re going to find a vast array of truly spectacular plants… but just because they’re native doesn’t mean they’re going to thrive in your garden. To ensure your plant is happy and healthy you need to mimic the conditions it grows in naturally; by amending your soil, adding or removing shade, or growing in containers or raised beds to ensure adequate drainage.
At Sydney Wildflower Nursery we want every gardener who visits our nursery to be a successful gardener. If you’re new to gardening with native Australian plants, you’ll find a few suggestions below of hardy plants that suit tricky spots to help get you started. And, as always, asking one of our trained staff members for suggestions is a great way to make sure your garden is off to the best start.
To discover more about great plants for tricky spots, check out our segment on Gardening Australia or pop in for a chat about what plants will best suit your specific garden.
Since 1983, the Sydney Wildflower Nursery at Heathcote has been providing residents and visitors from around Australia with quality native Australian plants.
Supplying plants for jobs big and small we pride ourselves on our knowledge, passion and extensive range of beautiful and unusual Australian native trees, shrubs and wildflowers.