Hakea laurina. one of those strange Australian flowers.

Hakea laurina (Pin-cushion Hakea) is one of the most beautiful native plants of south-western Australia. In Italy and America its uses include street and hedge planting. by David Lade, via ShutterStock

Vivid drought tolerant plantings . Grace Design Associates

Colorful plant palette – drought tolerant plantings – low water – shadow play (tall one with red flowers is Kangaroo Paw--Anigozanthos flavidus)

Plant out the front yard with low shrubs?

What makes an Australian garden ‘Australian’? Leslie Simpson, garden designer, and I think we’ve cracked the code. Listen here to Design Elements, where we’re discussing Australian themed gardens.

Ground cover banksia - so gorgeous

Gardening Autumn - Ground cover banksia - so gorgeous More - With the arrival of rains and falling temperatures autumn is a perfect opportunity to make new plantations

Australian habitat garden ("Gaia's Garden" at City Beach, WA)

Australian habitat garden ("Gaia's Garden" at City Beach, WA) Pink Everlasting daisies & mass plantings of Kangaroo Paws

'Birthday Candles' (Banksia spinulosa var.); Flowering from autumn through to early spring, in a sunny position. Can attract nectar eating birds and insects.

Flowering from autumn through to early spring, in a sunny position. Can attract nectar eating birds and insects.

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.

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