Using Local Plants

The Hakea Salicifolia does well in Canberra and responds well to pruning, although it is affected by prolonged drought

Native plants are preferred in our local gardens over imported exotic plants. In a major survey of weeds in the ACT, two non-local natives, Cootamundra Wattle (Acacia baileyana) and Green Wattle (Acacia decurrens), were found to be invaders of Canberra’s bushland. These species should not be planted, especially if you live near a nature conservation area. Many similar non-invasive species are available.

Many plants require very little water other than natural rainfall (see list below). In long periods of limited water supply, particularly when watering of gardens is severely restricted, these hardy plants make more attractive options for the garden. By locating plants appropriately, you can make better use of wet, dry, sunny and shady areas in your garden, and reduce the need for watering.

Pruning most native flowering plants will encourage flowering and keep the vegetation more compact. Most native plants live in low nutrient conditions and require little, if any, fertiliser. It is best to seek advice before even mild organic fertilisers, such as blood and bone, are applied to native plants.

Gang-gang Cockatoos by Helen Fallow

Two young male Gang-gangs discuss real estate