drought tolerant plants: French lavender; olive trees, and New Zealand grasses, particularly varieties of poa.

Garden Designer Visit: Lavender Fields in Australia

Contemporary rendered raised borders with olive trees in courtyard. Evergreen, soft grey tones, hardy and easily shaped.

olive trees in courtyard. Evergreen, soft grey tones, hardy and easily shaped. My husband really wants one of these in our garden so he can have an "on-tap" supply of olives and a reminder of my Italian roots.

Pink Tea Tree (Leptospermumm scoparium) Native to New Zealand and southeast Australia. A usually compact shrub to 2m high (often less) to 2m wide.

Pink Tea Tree (Leptospermumm scoparium) Native to New Zealand and southeast Australia. A usually compact shrub to high (often less) to wide.

Acacia genistifolia is a small to medium Australian native shrub with narrow, pointed foliage. Fluffy, cream to pale yellow flowers are produced in late Summer to Spring.

Australian flower: Acacia genistifolia is a small to medium Australian native shrub with narrow, pointed foliage. Fluffy, cream to pale yellow flowers are produced in late Summer to Spring.

Succulent container garden - I like the way the succulents fill the container so there isn't any dirt showing.

Succulent container garden - I like the way the succulents fill the container so there isn't any dirt showing

Quandong - This powerful dessert fruit is in fact a stronger antioxidant than Vitamin E and can even help to gently exfoliate the skin.

native australian fruit - quandong, our School bus driver Mr Pelham on the Collie Road Bus out of Kojonup would stop and let us pick them.

Tea tree oil's incredibly potent topical anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties are the reason I chose it for this selection. #health #LaMav #organichealth Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jim-sf/3973422590/in/photostream

Most species are endemic to Australia, but some species grow in New Zealand,Malaysia. A shrub or small tree, early settlers soaked the leaves in boiling water to make a brewed tea rich in ascorbic acid (vit C).

Hypocalymma angustifolium - Common name is Pink-Flowered Myrtle or White Myrtle. Native to western Australia. Photographed at the UCSC Arboretum in Santa Cruz, California., by philipbouchard, via Flickr

Common name is Pink-Flowered Myrtle or White Myrtle. Native to western Australia. Photographed at the UCSC Arboretum in Santa Cruz, California.

hakea laurina - great small tree, neat pink and white blooms. Related to Protea. Full sun.

Hakea laurina - great small tree, neat pink and white blooms that resemble a sea urchin. I have these in my front garden and they have just flowered for the first time.

Tuckeroo. This is a great all round evergreen tree, with flushes of bright glowing new growth through Spring and Summer. A medium sized tree ranging between 8-15m tall at maturity it forms a dense rounded shape and offers a lovely shade solution for gardens. It is a smart selection for a range of locations including coastal exposure, tropical heat and works well as a specimen tree, wind break and street tree.

Plant of the month is the Tuckeroo. This is a great all round evergreen tree, with flushes of bright glowing new growth through Spring and Summer.

Tuckeroo. This is a great all round evergreen tree, with flushes of bright glowing new growth through Spring and Summer. A medium sized tree ranging between 8-15m tall at maturity it forms a dense rounded shape and offers a lovely shade solution for gardens. It is a smart selection for a range of locations including coastal exposure, tropical heat and works well as a specimen tree, wind break and street tree.

Plant of the month is the Tuckeroo. This is a great all round evergreen tree, with flushes of bright glowing new growth through Spring and Summer.

Buckinghamia celsissima (Ivory Curl Flower Tree)

Buckinghamia celsissima, commonly known as Ivory Curl, is a species of trees, constituting part of the plant family Proteaceae. They grow naturally only (endemic) in the wet tropic rainforest areas of north eastern Queensland, Australia

Kigi Nursery - Pinus mugo ' Tannenbaum ' Upright Mugo Pine, $15.00 (http://www.kiginursery.com/pines/pinus-mugo-tannenbaum-upright-mugo-pine/)

Pinus mugo ' Tannenbaum ' Upright Mugo Pine

Pinus mugo 'Tannenbaum' Christmas Tree Shaped Mugo Pine this tree displays an exceptionally good form and very hardy for many Northern Gardens . Believed to be the first single-stem tree form of Mugo

Pinus mugo (Dwarf Mountain Pine)

Pinus mugo ' Slowmound ' Dwarf Mugo Pine

Slowmound Mugo Pine Shape: Mounded Growth Rate: Slow The dense, dark green mound. Beautiful year-round, it produces many showy buds and matures to a wide, even shape that is naturally compact.

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