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”

Plant Profile  – Native Mulberry – Pipturus argenteus

This plant is a biodiversity hub in my garden.  A few moments of close observation on any given day reveals species galore. From the Eastern Sedge Frog family to Rainbow Lorikeets to countless insects, I am never disappointed. My children are also regularly drawn to the tree to gather and gobble the tiny sweet fruitsContinue reading “Plant Profile  – Native Mulberry – Pipturus argenteus”

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”

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”

Plant Profile: Coleus graveolens

Also known as: Plectranthus graveolens Native Coleus Bush Basil Mountain Plectranthus Sticky Cockspur Five Spice Plant Growing conditions: Part sun/shade Most soils/prefers moist fertile soil/doesn’t do well in sandy soils Low growing shrub I have been trying to get a native Coleus for years so I was very excited when I saw this plant available.Continue reading “Plant Profile: Coleus graveolens”

Plant Profile: Lemon Sherbet Coleus

Also known as Coleus “Mt Carbine” Plectranthus “Mt Carbine” Coleus bellus Plectranthus bellus This plant profile is now also available as a on my YouTube channel. Watch it here Growing conditions Full sun/Part shade/Shade Tolerant of most soils/prefers well-drained position Indoor/Outdoor Pots/Garden beds/Rockeries Brush past the leaves, a faint lemon spritz slips through the airContinue reading “Plant Profile: Lemon Sherbet Coleus”

Garden to Kitchen: Liquid Lemon Gold

I love to use produce from my garden and Lemon Myrtle is one of my favourite trees. I don’t need any more reasons to justify its existence in a food forest but recently I read about a new use and I just have to try it! Here’s some of the ways that I already useContinue reading “Garden to Kitchen: Liquid Lemon Gold”