Chlorophytum comosum - Spider Plant - make good quick spreading groundcovers or borders in partial shade, especially under trees. Requires regular application of liquid fertiliser. Keep moist at all times.

Spider Plant A very common houseplant that is known to reduce indoor air pollution. It can be a hanging plant so that its stems and plantlets can be displayed, or a smaller variation that is ideal for a shelf or end table.

Canna x generalis - often used as a summer bedding plant to create a tropical effect where genuine tropical plants would be unsuitable. Grow in full sun and damp humus enriched soil.

Cannas Large-leaved green, bronze or striped plants featuring orange, yellow, white, red or pink flowers that bloom mid-summer through the first frost.

Callisia fragrans - Chain Plant - spreading by long surface runners, this species forms extensive mats. Quickly forms an attractive dense groundcover in a moist shady position. Also suited to hanging baskets in courtyards, ferneries and indoors.

Callisia fragrans - Chain Plant - spreading by long surface runners, this species forms extensive mats. Quickly forms an attractive dense groundcover in a moist shady position. Also suited to hanging baskets in courtyards, ferneries and indoors.

Blechnum nudum - Fishbone Water Fern - often forms large colonies along moist creek banks in the wild. Easy to grow, thrives in winter-wet shady places where many plants won't grow.

BlNu Blechnum nudum - Fishbone Water Fern - often forms large colonies along moist creek banks in the wild. Easy to grow, thrives in winter-wet shady places where many plants won't grow.

Adiantum aethiopicum - Common Maidenhair - grows to about 45 cm high, rapidly spreads. In warm gardens, this vigorous creeping fern makes a beautiful groundcover or rockery plant. It resents total shade, doing best in a moist sheltered position where it gets some early morning sun. Excellent for hanging baskets or containers. Keep slightly moist at all times.

Adiantum aethiopicum - Common Maidenhair - grows to about 45 cm high, rapidly spreads. In warm gardens, this vigorous creeping fern makes a beautiful groundcover or rockery plant. It resents total shade, doing best in a moist sheltered position where it gets some early morning sun. Excellent for hanging baskets or containers. Keep slightly moist at all times.

Alocasia brisbanensis - Cunjevoi or Spoon Lily - this rainforest species is easily grown outdoors in warm temperate gardens where it looks good massed in drifts beneath trees. For a lush tropical effect, grow with tree ferns near a water feature, providing some shade and fertile moist soil. Frost tender.

Cunjevoi Lily (Alocasia brisbanensis) is a native Australian understory riparian plant with huge elephant ear leaves. It is an important source of food for wildlife and makes a great structural feature plant for a tropical garden.

Coprosma 'Pacific Sunset' - tough evergreen shrub (1.5m high) with glossy wave-shaped foliage in shades of vivid red and chocolate brown

Coprosma 'Pacific Sunset' - tough evergreen shrub high) with glossy wave-shaped foliage in shades of vivid red and chocolate brown

Ceratopetalum ‘Johanna’s Christmas’ (Ceratopetalum gummiferum). Compact, only 1m high, drought tolerant, bright red bracts, Dec-Feb

Ceratopetalum ‘Johanna’s Christmas’ (Ceratopetalum gummiferum). Compact, only high, drought tolerant, bright red bracts, Dec-Feb

Ceratopetalum gummiferum, aka NSW Christmas Bush, starts white then turn red. Spectacular plant (up to 6m tall).

Ceratopetalum gummiferum, aka NSW Christmas Bush, starts white then turn red. Spectacular plant (up to tall).

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