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Simple contrasts spark garden interest: Scott Shrader edged a seventeenth-century stone water trough... with elegant, sheared boxwoods and ‘Blue Glow’ agaves. . . . the trough features a bronze spigot from La Maison Francaise Antiques, Inc that’s a replica of an old French fountain spout. West Hollywood, CA


Seaside Garden in Coronado - Garden Design

Melaleuca thymifolia, known as the thyme honey-myrtle is a common Australian plant found in coastal areas, often in heathland, woodland and swampy edges. Growing on sandstone or clay based soils. A fragrant shrub around 1 metre high, with corky bark and slender wiry stems. This plant is often noticed in spring, with attractive violet or purple flowers with feathery claws


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insect hotels should be close enough to shrubs, trees, garden to provide food for them.

Gold Medals Awarded at the Chelsea Flower Show: Gardenista

Lemon Myrtle Backhousia citriodora Lemon Scented Myrtle Native with non-invasive roots. Grows to 5 metres high x 4 metres wide. Deep green foliage with silver undersides. Has creamy, white fluffy clusters of flowers. Is great in domestic gardens as it is both fragrant and bushy to the ground.

Friends of Peacehaven Botanic Park Inc.: Lemon Myrtle

Is it Time to Reconsider Using Australian Natives?

Eucalyptus ficifolia: Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. The garden supports a living collection of around 74,000 individual plants arranged in 40 hectares of themed sections. It is the largest scientific collection of Australian native plants in which the collection originates from plants sourced from the wild, accompanied by herbarium specimens for taxonomic study.

Australian National Botanic Gardens - Botanical Web Portal

The Hairpin Banksia (Banksia spinulosa) is a species of woody shrub, of the genus Banksia in the Proteaceae family, native to eastern Australia. Widely distributed, it is found as an understorey plant in open dry forest or heathland from Victoria to northern Queensland, generally on sandstone though sometimes also clay soils. It generally grows as a small shrub to 2 metres (7 ft) in height, though can be a straggly tree to 6 metres (20 ft).

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Native Violet, Viola hederaceae - I use it everywhere, with its bright green leaves and its sweet mauve/purple flowers raised above the foliage. It will rapidly fill in bare areas of soil between stepping stones.

Plant of the month | Native Violet - Secret Gardens