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  1. How to create a native cottage garden

    How to create a native cottage garden
    Cottage gardens have charmed for centuries. If you'd like a timeless garden of your own, that's easy to maintain, consider going native. Taking inspiration from the classic English cottage garden model, you can create a beautiful informal tapestry of colour using purely Australian natives - mixing flowering shrubs, groundcover, grasses, bulbs, annuals and climbing plants. Australian native plants are drought-hardy...
  2. Waratahs

    Waratahs
    Waratahs are spectacular spring-flowering Australian native shrubs. Indeed, the large flowers are so striking, the New South Wales waratah is the state's floral emblem. The New South Wales waratah (Telopea speciosissima) is one of five species of waratah found along the east coast of Australia and the one that has been most highly developed for gardens. These plants are not...
  3. Perfect pairs: Plants to grow under five favourite garden trees

    Perfect pairs: Plants to grow under five favourite garden trees
    Combining plants in a garden is a mixture of art and science. The colours, textures and shapes need to work together (the ‘art’ part of the pairing) but the plant choices must grow together harmoniously (the ‘science’ bit). To get you started we’ve selected five small garden trees and looked at underplanting options for either an informal or formal look...
  4. Geraldton wax

    Geraldton wax
    Geraldton wax (Chamelaucium uncinatum) is a beautiful flowering Australian native shrub that brings colour to gardens from late winter to spring. As the common name suggests, Geraldton wax comes from Western Australia. Its mainly pink or white flowers have small, stiff petals, which give them the description of ‘wax’ flowers. The flowers ooze nectar and are highly attractive to bees...

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