The Border Room

The Border Room has two main functions. The first and foremost is to give us some privacy from the road. The second is to attract beneficial insects, birds and other wildlife on to the property. FEATURED PLANTS RUBY TEA TREE (Leptospermum scoparium “Ruby Glow”) – this New Zealand native has beautiful little rose like bloomsContinue reading “The Border Room”

Plant Profile – Brisbane Wattle

Wattle or Acacia trees are iconic in Australia because of their golden blooms. This variety is just as striking as the Golden Wattle which is Australia’s floral emblem. Also known as: Acacia fimbriata Fringed Wattle Fringed Brisbane Wattle Growing Conditions: Full Sun/Part Shade Protected positions Will tolerate most soils but prefers well-drained loamy soils DroughtContinue reading “Plant Profile – Brisbane Wattle”

Plant Profile  – Wombat Berry

Also known as: Eustrephus latifolius Orange Vine Growing conditions: Part shade/shade Tolerant of most soils Vine, gentle climber that doesn’t restrict the host Groundcover Suitable for pots, garden beds, rockeries, bush rehabilitation Suits hanging pots which allow the foliage to hang over the edges Propagation: Fresh Seeds, 54-368 days germination This plant is truly unique,Continue reading “Plant Profile  – Wombat Berry”

Plant Profile  – Native Violet – Viola banksii

Also known as: Viola hederacea (Not the same plant, as explained later) Australian Violet Growing conditions: Shade/part shade (some sources advocate full sun, but this plant has not survived in full sun in my garden) Tolerant of most soils but prefers moist site Will tolerate boggy sites Will tolerate light foot traffic Tolerant of lightContinue reading “Plant Profile  – Native Violet – Viola banksii”

Backyard Biodiversity Tip Three – Leave some of the Wild

With the dire warnings of an insect apocalypse and the potential impact on the food chain, encouraging creepy crawlies has never been so relevant. My garden purposely embraces the wild, but the messiness drives my partner crazy. Over time and with compromise I have managed to convince him of the importance of garden debris forContinue reading “Backyard Biodiversity Tip Three – Leave some of the Wild”

Plant Profile – Cut Leaf Daisy

Want bees? Grow some Brachyscomes! Also known as: Brachyscome multifida Cut-leafed Daisy Break O’ Day Swan River Daisy Good Old Native Daisy Rock Daisy Native Daisy Growing conditions: Part shade/Full sun (prefers full sun) Tolerates almost any soil/prefers well-drained loam Needs light watering in dry seasons Suitable for garden beds/rockeries/pots/borders Groundcover/living mulch Propagation: Seed –Continue reading “Plant Profile – Cut Leaf Daisy”

Plant Profile  – Native Elderberry

Also known as: Sambucus australasica Native Elderberry Yellow Elderberry Native Elder Growing conditions: Part shade/Shade Grows in most soils Prefers a moist location Propagation: Fresh seed in autumn subtropics/tropics Will need a cold frame in cooler climates Despite its preference for moist soil, this plant has been one of my drought survivors. It recovers quicklyContinue reading “Plant Profile  – Native Elderberry”

Backyard Biodiversity Tip Two – Habitat

Hello and welcome to my garden. This beauty isn’t a dead tree, it’s a sustainable, slow-built, high-rise apartment building for wildlife. In this tree we have observed countless birds, including endangered species, mammals including possums and gliders, reptiles like tree snakes and bearded dragons and various insects and arachnids. Many people have suggested that weContinue reading “Backyard Biodiversity Tip Two – Habitat”

Plant Profile: Slender Mint – Mentha diemenica

Also known as: Mentha diemenica Wild Mint Very similar to Mentha satureoides and sometimes confused with it. Growing conditions: Full sun/Shade/part shade Groundcover Prefers slightly damp soil Suitable for pots, rockeries and as a filler between paving stones or driving strips Propagation: Cuttings Removing a rooted section of the plant as it spreads Keep moistContinue reading “Plant Profile: Slender Mint – Mentha diemenica”

Garden Friends and Foes – what’s that?

I’ve always had “what the…?” moments in my garden and struggled to get information to explain what is it that I am seeing. Here I plan to document some of my findings progressively. Check back if you’re interested in knowing what those random nests and larvae are in your garden.