Have you been down to our bush food section recently? It’s absolutely brimming with edible Australian native plants and the best thing is that many of them can be happily grown in pots! It doesn’t matter if you’ve got a large garden or small – there are a number of ways you can incorporate edible Australian plants into your garden, and your kitchen.
If you’ve got some space for a few larger pots, growing lemon myrtle (Backhousia citriodora), strawberry gum (Eucalyptus olida) and aniseed myrtle (Backhousia anisatum) is a great start. Not only do these plants make wonderful herbal teas but they can also be incorporated into many dishes from desserts to main dishes. Try growing them in a sunny corner protected from strong winds in a container that is at least 400-500mm in diameter.
If the only place you can put a container is in the shade there are still native Australian edibles you can grow. Native spinach – Tetragonia tetragonoides – will grow well in part shade in a nice wide pot, as well the native mint Mentha australis.
Lots of balcony gardens are very hot and exposed – not the easiest of conditions to grow in! But some like saltbush – Atriplex nummalaria – like it hot and will happily grow in a medium sized container in the harshest of conditions.
The midgen berry (Austromyrtus dulcis x tenuifolia) and apple berry (Billardiera scandens) are two easy care garden favourites that also adapt well to container growing. Their berries are palatable straight from the garden, and can also be incorporated into both sweet and savoury dishes. They grow best in mild conditions – dappled shade and regular watering will keep them powering along.
If you are keen to incorporate some native Australian edibles into your garden these plants are a great start but there are so many more to explore. Pop in to our nursery to take a look at our full range, or why not join in our upcoming workshop on all things edible in the Australian garden? Narelle will guide you through the best plants to grow in your garden and you’ll enjoy plenty of tastings as well!
Our next workshop is on Saturday 13th of November at 10am – you can book a ticket online but be quick, they’re selling out fast.
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.