Want a bit of the bush in your backyard? Plants from the Australian bush need not look out of place in the garden,though careful selection is crucial. Gum trees, for example, often grow as species about 60m tall – a little big for the average town house, but there are plenty of grafted dwarf growing selections, many of which have huge colourful blossoms.
At Eden Gardenswe stock a huge range of ‘bush botanica’ – beauties perfect for the backyard…everything from grasstrees to grevilleas, from banksias to bottlebrushes and from wattles to westringia! Check out our range in store and read up on the Australian Native Cottage Garden trend here and some true blue tough guyshere. Most are great for containers so idea for courtyards and balconies.
If you only have an indoor garden, you can still go native. In fact, two of our favourite indoor plants are Aussie classics – the Kentia Palm (native to Lord Howe Island) and the native bird’s nest fern, Aspleniumaustralasicum, which is native to the east coast of Australia. There is a native Maidenhair fern (Adiantumaethiopicum)that grows well in brightly lit spots inside or shaded outdoor areas. Other natives worth growing indoors are the Moreton Bay Chestnut (Castenospermumaustrale) that is often sold as an indoor pot plant with its ‘bean’ sitting proud in the pot, and Staghorns – the fabulous epiphytic fern that’s right on trend and perfect for kokedama balls or mounted on wooden rounds on the wall like living trophies.
By: Meredith Kirton