Simple contrasts spark garden interest: Scott Shrader edged a seventeenth-century stone water trough... with elegant, sheared boxwoods and ‘Blue Glow’ agaves. . . . the trough features a bronze spigot from La Maison Francaise Antiques, Inc that’s a replica of an old French fountain spout. West Hollywood, CA

Simple contrasts spark garden interest: love the mix of plants - sheared boxwoods and ‘Blue Glow’ agaves. the trough features a bronze spigot from La Maison Francaise Antiques, Inc that’s a replica of an old French fountain spout. West Hollywood, CA

One of my favourite grassland plants.... Craspedia, otherwise known as Billy Buttons

Native Australian grassland plant- Craspedia, otherwise known as Billy Buttons

Native Everlasting Daisy Rhodanthe chlorocephala - these are a must for our native garden. I so love the colour.

Native Everlasting Daisy (Rhodanthe chlorocephala) Grows naturally in the south of Western Australia extending into South Australia.

Eucalyptus ficifolia:  Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. The garden supports a living collection of around 74,000 individual plants arranged in 40 hectares of themed sections. It is the largest scientific collection of Australian native plants in which the collection originates from plants sourced from the wild, accompanied by herbarium specimens for taxonomic study.

Eucalyptus ficifolia: Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. The garden supports a living collection of around individual plants arranged in 40 hectares of themed sections. It is the largest scientific colle

Native Violet, Viola hederaceae - I use it everywhere, with its bright green leaves and its sweet mauve/purple flowers raised above the foliage. It will rapidly fill in bare areas of soil between stepping stones.

Native Violet, Viola hederaceae - bright green leaves and sweet mauve/purple flowers raised above the foliage. It will rapidly fill in bare areas of soil between stepping stones.

Musk Cottage. Flinders, Mornington Peninsula. Weekender of Rick Eckersley.

It was pouring with rain the day I got to see Musk Cottage as part of the Australian Landscape Conference tour. But it was such a wonderful garden, … Continue reading →

Australian native bush garden >>> Good idea for the house up the Coast, at least in the areas of yard not being shaded out by trees or used for herbs and veges.

Australian native bush garden >>> Good idea front of Beresford, at least in the areas of yard not being shaded out by trees or used for herbs and veges.

Melaleuca thymifolia, known as the thyme honey-myrtle is a common Australian plant found in coastal areas, often in heathland, woodland and swampy edges. Growing on sandstone or clay based soils. A fragrant shrub around 1 metre high, with corky bark and slender wiry stems. This plant is often noticed in spring, with attractive violet or purple flowers with feathery claws

Thyme Honey-myrtle (Melaleuca thymifolia) A common Australian plant found in coastal areas, often in heathland, woodland and swampy edges.

The Hairpin Banksia (Banksia spinulosa) is a species of woody shrub, of the genus Banksia in the Proteaceae family, native to eastern Australia. Widely distributed, it is found as an understorey plant in open dry forest or heathland from Victoria to northern Queensland, generally on sandstone though sometimes also clay soils. It generally grows as a small shrub to 2 metres (7 ft) in height, though can be a straggly tree to 6 metres (20 ft).

The Hairpin Banksia (Banksia spinulosa) is a species of woody shrub, of the genus Banksia in the Proteaceae family, native to eastern Australia.

​Banksia spinulosa 'Birthday Candles' - ‘Birthday Candles’ looks great in a garden bed with Acacia ‘Limelight’.

Gondwana Nursery: Banksia Birthday Candles & Acacia cognata dwarf at MIFGS 2011

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