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.
The Brazilian Cherry bears edible red cherry like fruit. Useful as a screening plant it can be hedged to size, or allowed to grow into a small tree which will slowly reach its natural height of around 7 meters. The leaves bring colour with the seasons as they change to red during winter, and glossy vibrant green during the summer rainy season.
This low growing perennial vegetable which is easy to maintain and provides a year round supply of spinach once established.
The Brush Cherry produces tangy and enjoyable fruit however it's mostly planted in gardens as a fast growing screen, and is well known for it's hardiness.
The bunya nut is truely worth feasting on. Nuts are eaten raw, roasted, fried or freshly ground into baking flour. The timber is just as valuable as Hoop Pine, but most would argue that the food value far outways any desire to cut it down for timber.
This handsome hardy tree is frost and drought tolerant. The large deep purple plum like fruit are most edible when they are soft and fully ripened.
This native mint has the scent of exotic pennyroyal but in bushtucker recipes can be used in the same way as common mint. Plants are low growing and clump forming, with tiny bee attracting white flowers appearing on mass during summer. Leaves are highly fragrant and said to aid insect repellent in the garden around cabbages and tomatoes.
Gold-orange bite sized fruit bursts in your mouth with a sweet tart flavour. Eat raw, add to fruit salads, or make a desert using numerous recipes on the web. Grey-green soft heart shaped foliage and papery husks encasing the fruit makes this a very pretty small shrub when grown in suitable conditions.
The starchy tubers from the cassava plant are a staple food for many people throughout the world. High in carbohydrates, cassava has been cultivated for thousands of years. Plants are grown from stem cuttings which quickly grow into a shrub whilst forming multiple tubers underground.
This herb gets its name from the white whiskered flowers which bloom in Summer and Autumn, however it is most widely grown for the medicinal qualities of its leaves. Cat's Whiskers leaves are sold as tea in South East Asia and known as Java Tea or Kidney Tea.
Best known as stimulant for cats this perennial shrub also benefits humans. If mosquitoes are out we pick and bruise the fresh leaves then rub them over exposed arms and legs as a repellent. Prepared and taken internally this herb also has sedative effects which has been used to treat digestive complaints, migraines, nervousness and insomnia.
Chinese Dwarf bamboo grows naturally to 3-4m, but responds very well to hedging to a lower preferred height. Its dense and compact growth habit is softened by lush green foliage.
Water Chestnut is an aquatic rush-like plant which grows in full sun and thrives in soil covered with 10 – 30 cm of water. Erect, narrow, tube-shaped leaves shoot from an edible corm.
Citronella grass is drought and sun hardy. We have a clump planted near the outdoor seating area which helps to repel the mossies when the leaves are crushed or bruised.
Coast Banksia trees produce flowers laden with sweet nectar in Autumn and Winter. Soak the flower in water to impart a sweet flavour or sit back and watch bees hum happily around the flowers on the tree as they gather pollen to feed their hive.
As the name indicates this groundcover naturally grows on coastal banks and has high wind and drought tolerance. This native plant plays an important role in erosion control. Both the leaves and fruit are edible.
Coastal Rosemary is a very hardy native shrub, popular in street scaping due to its tolerance to high winds, full sun, salt spray and low water. This plant is host to the Rayed Blue butterfly. The shrub can be hedged or grown freely into a dense spreading shrub reaching 2m in height.
A dense spreading acacia shrub able to tolerate drought, wind, salt and moderate frosts. Seeds are edible and best tasting after being roasted or steamed in their pods.
Coffee is a globally adored bean but how many of us grow it and get to appreciate this beautiful small tree in the garden? Glossy ornamental leaves can be enjoyed all year round, and in spring you can enjoy your own home grown coffee once the berries ripen to red and are ready for harvest.
This valuable herb has many uses. Medicinal application of comfrey root and leaf has been documented extensively, mostly in healing bruises, soft tissue damage and broken bones. We use comfrey leaves as a compost ingredient, feed them to chooks in a forage system, and use them as mulch when the plant dies back over winter.
Low growing succulent with orange green pointed leaves that intensify to copper in colour when grown in full sun. Tolerates frost to -2 degrees and grows well in free draining soil positioned in either full or part sun.
Cordyline Negra has a slender form with mulitple upright branches, each topped with stunning black-green strappy leaves. It grows to 2 meters in height and produces clusters of pink-purple flowers in Summer.