A guide to tree bark
By: Jesse Vorton
Bark often acts as the outer sheath of many types of trees and shrubs. It continues to protect the roots, stems, and branches, from loss of water, disease, insects, and injury. Tissues in the bark transfer sugar from the trees leaves to other areas of...
By: Judy Evans
Australian native ferns are widely grown as garden or container plants. Some are suitable for indoor display, at least until they grow too large. There are about 400 species of fern native to Australia. In general they do best in shady, moist situations. However some...
By: Judy Evans
Australia has over 600 species of native orchids which can be separated into two major groups. Terrestrial orchids grow in the ground while epiphytic types are generally found growing on trees. A third group, the lithophytes, grow on rocks and have similar requirements to epiphytes...
By: Judy Evans
Alkaline soils are reasonably common in Australia, particularly in the arid zones. There is no easy method to lower the pH of highly alkaline soils. Luckily there are a number of Australian native plants that are either native to, or are tolerant of, calcareous or...
By: Judy Evans
Often, screening plants may be needed to hide an unwanted view or to give greater privacy. As well, there may be little room for planting bushy shrubs as screening plants. The following Australian natives, if given a framework on which to climb, will quickly create...
By: Judy Evans
Annuals have a life cycle which is completed within one year. Although there are not a great many Australian native annuals which are grown in cultivation, the range is increasing and with the water restrictions currently in place in almost every area in Australia, it...
A look at the different types of bees
By: Jesse Vorton
There are well over 20,000 different species of bees. They can be divided into two groups: Social bees, and Solitary bees. Social bees tend to dwell in colonies, while solitary bees live in solitary thus their names. Most kinds of bees in existence today...
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...

 

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