Aeonium Pinwheel is a small hardy succulent shrub from the sub-tropic Canary Island growing to 0.6m in height and width. Multiple loose rosettes of green leaves crowning each branch and cream star shaped flowers bloom in Spring.
Deep green strappy leaves with clusters of blue flowers blooming in Summer are a treat to the eye when Agapanthus are block planted along a boarder together.
Aloe 'Black Gem' is a cultivate which forms stemless pointed rosettes that readily offset into clumps. Leaves are firm and bronze in colour, going dark green when grown in the shade.
Used both internally and externally since Egyptian times this powerful healing herb is even more widely used today. The medicinal properties of aloe vera have been applied to treat a vast array of ailments both in people and animals.
Amla is a medium sized spreading tree with small delicate leaves and flowers. The tree is prized in Ayuvedic medicine which uses all parts of the tree in herbal preparations. The edible fruit ripens in Autumn, it is very high in vitamin C but very sour to taste, so it no wonder that one popular Indian recipe involves preserving the fruit in sugar syrup.
The Aniseed Myrtle tree is native to a remanent rainforests in north east NSW. Increasingly rare in the wild this handsome evergreen tree deserves to be planted in more gardens. When crushed the leaf of the aniseed myrtle has a distinct licorice scent and is growing in use as a spice in the food industry.
Enjoy your own home grown rasberries native to Australia. Bright red fruit, slightly larger than the exotic raspberries, ripen in autumn through to winter. This raspberry plant grows in an upright weeping fashion and can be trestled.
Trailing groundcover with succulent shiny green leaves and vivid pink flowers that open in full sun. Tolerant to long dry spells and moderate frosts, with a long flowering season from Spring through to Autumn.
The culms on this bamboo are slender and compact, growing 4-5m in height, with a slight weeping habit at the top. Useful as a fast growing screening plant, with culms also used in South East Asia to make fishing rods, blow pipes and flutes.
The Bay Tree has many qualities, with the edible leaf being a well known culinary herb. In the garden the plant has insect repellent qualities, acting as a guardian to nearby plants more susceptible to insect attack. Slow growing the tree will eventually reach heights in excess of 10 meters if left unpruned.
Depending on severity of coastal conditions this hardy shrub grows up to 5m and bears sweet red fruit that look like birds eyes.
The Beach Cherry is a slow growing tropical shrub that prefers moist well mulched conditions. The sweet juicy fruit is best eaten raw. Fruits from individual plants can vary in flavour however this remains our favourite bushfood.
This hardy flax lilly has shiny bright blue bunches of fruit. The plant can serve many purposes. It is good for binding sand and reducing soil erosion. Aborigines used the silky strong leaf fibre to make string and baskets. The fruit is used for blue dye and is also edible. The berries are arguably the best tasting of all 15 flax lillies native to Australia.
Leaves are used in Vietnam as a wrap for meats and vegetables. The vine is hardy when grown in frost free conditions with moist soil underfoot.
The Black Apple tree is a valued tree. The fruit is a favoured ingredient in bushfood restaurants and the timber is sought after by cabinet makers. In the garden it is just beautiful to look at with its deep green shiny foliage.
A small rainforest tree that enjoys moist soil, wind and sun protection, and can tolerate heavy shade. The black shiny fruits are most edible when soft. The black plum is also referenced as having fire retardant properties, making it a worthy inclusion in your landscape design.
The tropical fruit tree starts to bear fruit after 4 years and fruit is edible once ripe. Fruit tastes mildly of chocolate only when perfectly ripe, hence its common name Chocolate Pudding Fruit. The tree grows well in most soil types, but does not tolerate prolonged drought or moderate to heavy frosts.
The Blue Agave is a drought hardy succulent well suited to water-wise gardens. Blue shaded leaves are long and fleshy tapering to a pointed spike at the end. The plant is native to Mexico and in ideal conditions can grow to a height of 2 meters. Commercially the Blue Agave is cultivated to make the alcoholic beverage Tequila.
Buttressed tree to 35m with open almost horizontal branches. Leaf edges are slightly serated and old leaves turn red before falling. The iridescent blue fruit is edible but sour to taste in raw form. It can be used in jams, pies or stewed in sugar to make puree. The silver-white truck is distinct and the timber is highly valued.
A wonderful fast growing evergreen shrub that grows to 50cm high by 100cm wide. The five petalled flowers are a vivid blue with white centres, blooming from summer through to autumn. It is happiest in a hot, sunny border where it is excellent at suppressing weeds and softening the edge of your garden bed. It also looks stunning cascading over a wall or in...
The Blue Tongue is a hardy shrub which is host to the rare butterfly Miskin's Blue. The large purple flowers come and go from Spring through to Autumn. The fruit is sweet and true to its name as it dyes the tongue.
Borage is a fast growing annual herb otherwise known as the Herb of Happiness. Both the flowers and leaves are edible and suitable for salads.
Bowen Mango trees produce sweet, delicious, high quality fruit. Trees start to produce fruit at around three years of age, and reach cropping maturity at around 7 years.
Brahmi is known as the memory herb. It is a small leaved groundcover with pretty white flowers that last for some time. Brahmi has been used in traditional Indian medicine for thousands of years as a tonic for the nervous system, promoting clarity of thinking, mental calmness, and emotional balance.