The glory of stunning Australian native flora is worth celebrating. What better way to pay homage to these beauties than to incorporate them into your home garden. Whether you choose to add pockets of natives here and there, or go for a completely native garden, you will be helping the local biodiversity, ecosystems and waterways.
Native gardens not only tend to use less water, but also need little fertiliser and generally have lower maintenance requirements than non-natives. These are all factors which leave you with more free time to enjoy the garden and the many native animal visitors it will attract.
The Sunshine Coast region has over 1600 unique flora and fungi species, so there is something to suit any corner, be it coastal or bush. Add a wonderful variety of colour, texture and form to your garden space – there is so much to choose from!
Native gardening inspiration
- Pack a picnic and take a walk around the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden at Tanawha, set on 82 hectares and showcasing plants native to the Sunshine Coast region.
- Shop at a community native nursery:
- Consider planting natives on your verge – view the Sunshine Coast Council self-assessable verge garden criteria.
- Join the Sunshine Coast Branch of Native Plants Queensland – a community-based organisation committed to growing, conserving and studying Australian plants. Access growing and planting guides for native plants.
- Want to volunteer in a native garden environment? Why not join the Friends of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens?
- Organise a nursery crawl with friends and spend a day visiting the abundance of Sunshine Coast commercial nurseries, many of whom specialise in native plants – view the Yellow pages list to help you chart your route.
- Download the GroNATIVE app produced by Griffith University. It allows people in South East Queensland to select the best native plants for their gardens and restore native vegetation
Reserve these physical items and collect from your local library:
- The waterwise Australian native garden: a practical guide to garden design, plant selection and much more by Angus Stewart and AB Bishop
- Native: art and design with Australian plants by Kate Herd, Jela Ivankovic-Waters
- Discovering Australian flora: an Australian National Botanic Gardens experience by Fanny Karouta-Manasse
- Mangroves to mountains: a field guide to the native plants of south-east Queensland by Glenn Leiper
- A field guide to native plants of Bribie Island and nearby coastal South-east Queensland by Allan Carr
- The Australian native garden: a practical guide by Angus Stewart and A.B Bishop
- Australian rainforest seeds: a guide to collecting, processing and propagation by Mark Dunphy, Steve McAlpin and Michelle Chapman
- Take another look ... our locals are beauties: a guide to identifying native plants and weeds of the Sunshine Coast by Coolum District Coastcare
- Small native plants for Australian gardens by Nola Parry and Jocelyn Jones
Browse for inspiration with these gardening eMagazines:
- Gardening Australia
- Australian Country Gardens
- Landscape Architecture Australia
To get started using free eMagazines download the RBDigital app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
On the web
- Garden Better Podcast: produced by Better Homes and Gardens Australia
- Aussie Green Thumb: a blog specialising in Australian native plants
- Homestolove: a website with a great outdoors and gardening section.
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