By: Judy Evans
With increasing restrictions on water usage in most Australian states, gardeners are having to reconsider their options when it comes to plants. Plants endemic to an area should thrive with little or no extra attention. Whatever care, added water and nutrients come their way should...
By: Judy Evans
Australian gardeners are becoming inured to facing more severe water restrictions with each passing year. Many are turning to native species, each of which flourishes in its local area with little or no outside assistance. The type of soil dictates to a degree which natives...
By: Judy Evans
Coastal areas of Australia are often affected by an excess of salts in the soil. The same problem affects inland areas, especially on flat land where the water table lies close to the surface. Too much salt has a detrimental effect on plants. But planting...
By: Judy Evans
There are many hardy and attractive Australian native plants which do well in coastal situations. Coastal plants have to contend with salt-laden winds and new growth may be burnt by such winds even though the older wood is not affected. Once a windbreak or protective...
By: Judy Evans
Birds are an integral part of most Australian gardens and afford much joy with their antics. Birds have a role to play in the garden in maintaining the balance of nature. For birds to be attracted to a garden, three basic requirements need to be...
By: Judy Evans
Attracting birds to Australian gardens is not difficult. Birds need food, water and shelter if they are to feel it’s worthwhile stopping in an area. Small birds especially appreciate a dense, maybe prickly shrub where they can flee from domestic cats or larger birds...
By: Judy Evans
Australian gardeners are mostly pleased to see birds visiting their gardens. Birds play an important part in a garden and have a role in maintaining the balance of nature. For birds to be attracted to a garden, three basic requirements need to be met. These...
By: Judy Evans
The Blue Latan Palm has the botanical name of Latania loddigesii. It belongs to the tribe Borasseae and the subfamily Coryphoideae. There are three species in the genus with the robust Latania loddigesii being the most vigorous. The blue latan palm is endemic to the...
Trees of Australia: Sandalwood tree
By: Judy Evans
Sandalwood is an aromatic tree with the scientific name of Santalum spicatum. It is one of a small number of species which occur in Australia but the family Santalaceae extends beyond that continent. Another quite well-known member of the family is Santalum acuminatum or quandong...
By: Judy Evans
To attract birds to a garden, they need food, water and shelter. An added bonus would be ready availability of nesting sites and materials. The following Australian natives all provide shelter, nesting sites and/or nesting materials. Native to Western Australia is the Acacia inophloia or...

 

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