A True Wildflower of the Tamborine Bush – Slender Hyacinth Orchid

Dipodium variegatum The Slender Hyacinth Orchid is truly a wildflower. Orchid enthusiasts have tried to cultivate it, but have been unsuccessful due to its unique growing conditions. Dipodium variegatum is leafless and the only part of it that appears above ground is the stalk and flower. It is a saprophyte meaning that it is notContinue reading “A True Wildflower of the Tamborine Bush – Slender Hyacinth Orchid”

A Garlic for Subtropical and Tropical Climates

Society Garlic (Tulbaghia violacea) is the perfect way to grow garlic flavours in warm climates. I love garlic flavours, but try as I might, I just can’t get garlic to grow in my subtropical climate zone. The solution? Society Garlic or Tulbaghia violacea! This strappy leaved plant with lovely purple flowers will grow as anContinue reading “A Garlic for Subtropical and Tropical Climates”

Hardenbergia violocea or Happy Wanderer

Plant Profile Did you know that Indigenous Australians have used this plant as a tea and medicine for thousands of years? It is known by many names: Hardenbergia violacea, False Sarsparilla, Purple Coral Pea, Wild Sarsparilla, Waraburra, Vine Lilac. This lovely vine clambers and wanders over anything in its path. It makes a great groundcoverContinue reading “Hardenbergia violocea or Happy Wanderer”

Plant Profile – Spotted Gum – Corymbia citriodora subsp. variegata

Also known as: Eucalyptus maculata (historical, no longer used by herbariums for this species) Corymbia maculata (historical, no longer used by herbariums for this species) Eucalyptus citriodora (historical, no longer used by herbariums for this species) Growing conditions: Prefers well-draining soils Like growing on slopes Prefers full sun Drought tolerant Propagation: Seeds in shallow traysContinue reading “Plant Profile – Spotted Gum – Corymbia citriodora subsp. variegata”

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”

Plants Profile – Perennial Basil

Also known as: African Blue Basil Ocimum killmanscharicum x basilicum Dark Opal Basil Growing conditions: Tolerant of most soils but prefers well-drained soil Grows up to 1.2metres tall and wide Will tolerate some shade Can be grown indoors in a brightly lit position Suitable for garden beds, rockeries and pots Needs protection from frost PerennialContinue reading “Plants Profile – Perennial Basil”

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 – Aloe Vera

Also known as Aloe barbadensis miller Aloe Barbados Aloe Growing conditions: Full Sun/Part shade/Bright shade Succulent Well-drained soil/sandy loam Suitable for pots/indoor pots/garden beds/rockeries Propagation: Propagation is easiest by separating pups from a “mother” plant. Demonstration available on my YouTube channel Click here to watch When I think of Aloe Vera,  I think of sunburn.  IContinue reading “Plant Profile – Aloe Vera”

Plant Profile: Commelina diffusa – Climbing Dayflower

Also known as: Commelina cyanea (in New South Wales, possibly a different species, scientific analysis ongoing) Scurvy Plant  Native Wandering Jew Creeping Christian Climbing Dayflower Spreading Dayflower Growing conditions: Part shade/Shade Tolerant of most soils Groundcover (can become invasive in good conditions) Suitable for rockeries and hanging pots Perennial in tropics and subtropics, annual inContinue reading “Plant Profile: Commelina diffusa – Climbing Dayflower”

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 Propagation: Cuttings I have been trying to get a native Coleus for years so I was very excited when I saw thisContinue reading “Plant Profile: Coleus graveolens”