A Berry Good Food Plant for Birds and Lizards
The Blueberry Ash Elaeocarpus reticulatus is a small tree which produces lots of sweet smelling pink flowers in early summer. Its brilliant blue berries take quite a long time to ripen with some hanging on the branches until the next flowering season.
This makes the tree an attractive addition to your backyard. Their pretty flowers and fruit add colour to your garden, and attract many native animals.
An Explosion of Colour That Feeds the Whole Neighbourhood
Callistemons are commonly known as Bottlebrushes because of their cylindrical, brush like flowers.
These shrubs live in warm regions of Australia, mainly along the east coast and south west. They provide so much for native animals, birds, insects and skinks - they really are a star performer that will attract plenty of life to your backyard.
Christmas Bells Blandfordia family grow in New South Wales and Queensland.
True to their name, Christmas Bells have beautiful yellow flowers just like bells, or sometimes red flowers with lovely yellow tips.
A Christmas Tree that Decorates Itself
Ah Christmas is here again, at last (or is it ‘already!’). You go to pull the plastic Christmas tree out of the garage but it’s looking a bit dusty, and maybe that’s a spider scurrying away. You pull open your bag of ornaments but it looks like the cat has played with a few too many. You think about getting a real tree this year, but are not too excited about lugging such a big, heavy thing home.
There is a solution. This year, you can set yourself up with a festive-looking large shrub or small tree that literally decorates itself – the New South Wales Christmas Bush. And don’t worry if you’re not in New South Wales, as there are different plants called Christmas Bush that grow in almost every state.
Christmas Orchid Calanthe triplicata grows in Queensland and New South Wales.
It produces nectar which is collected by bees and wasps.
Cycads have been around since the Jurassic Period 200 million years ago, and still thrive today in many different habitats around the world.
They are living fossils – looking like a cross between a fern and a palm. In the past, cycads would indeed have made tasty meals for plant-eating dinosaurs.
Sometimes it’s Good to be a Messy Eater
What is part animal and part plant? A kangaroo paw of course! Well…maybe at first glance but this beautiful Aussie gem is definitely all plant. There’s a good chance of checking these buddies out at the moment as some of them start flowering in winter and then keep going right through to spring and summer.
Naturally occurring in south-west Western Australia, these beautiful and distinctive flowers can now be found all over the country, as they're a favourite with many gardeners and landscapers. Their popularity is most likely due to their beautiful, unique flowers.
One of the loveliest sensations in the Australian bush is stroking the soft springy trunk of the paperbark tree.
Once used by Aboriginal people to wrap up food, and even for lining cradles, paperbark today still attracts our fascination. Children can spend hours peeling the thick bark off the trunk and then patiently separating it into dozens of tissue-thin layers.
Not just for Kissing under - Mistletoe in Australia
Mistletoe has a bad reputation in Australia as it’s a sap sucking plant that requires a host tree, but there are a few reasons to celebrate if you’ve spotted the bright red, octopus-shaped flowers of the Mistletoe in your area.
So many Australian animals love to munch mistletoe. This plant is more nutritious than the trees they live in and the nectar and fruit is beloved by native birds such as honeyeaters, lorikeets, bowerbirds, emus and cockatoos, as well as the Mistletoe Bird. Mistletoe in your area means that you’re likely to spot native birds more often!
Nectar giving shrubs
Bring Your Garden to Life!
Shrubs are an important element of any good garden. Shrubs provide food, shelter and nesting sites for many different kinds of birds, insects, butterflies and other creatures.
Shrubs are particularly important if you want to see small birds in your garden, as these tiny creatures need somewhere nearby to hide from predators such as cats and bigger birds.