Popular for its dark green palm like leaves, this cycad plant has been around for at least 200 million years and is referred to as a living fossil. Hardy, ornamental and long lived, it is easy to reason why it is grown around the world in many different climates.
For the fruit to be delicious it must be fully ripened. However in the wild variable flavours can occur ranging from sweet to insipid. This fig is an important food plant for native butterflies, birds and bats. As the name suggests the leaves can be used to sand wood. The Sandpaper Fig is found naturally growing along water courses and prevents erosion...
The symmetrical blue-green rosettes of this sempervivum will multiply nicely to a fill a garden space, preferrably in soil that is infertile and free draining.
This sub-tropical rainforest tree is seriously endangered, yet it makes an excellent shade and park tree. Fruit is bright red and hangs beautifully on the tree in three lobed capsules. It is extremely sour and best used in cooking or preserves.
Song of India is a bushy upright shrub with multiple upright branches that are thin and pliable and tend to dance on the wind as it passes by. Ornamental leaves are distinctively marked with a central green stripe sandwiched between cream-yellow edges.
Soursop is a small tropical evergreen tree with large creamy edible fruit pulp likened to being sweet and sour at the same time.
A tropical tree with golden leaves and edible sweet purple fruit. When you cut the fruit in half it has a star shaped arrangement of seeds inside and the soft ripe fruit has some apple flavour, hence the common name star apple. The leaves are very stunning, with shimmering gold velvety undersides and glossy green above.
Starburst is a low growing succulent which forms clusters of rosettes that change colour when grown in full sun. In part shade the leaves are blue-green, and in full sun the leaves are tinted with an apricot hue.
The leaf from the Stevia plant is used as a natural sweetener. The sweet leaf is regularly used in South America with numerous reported health benefits, including a low impact on blood glucose levels. We often infuse stevia and chopped ginger together for 10 minutes then drink as a tea. This recipe was given to us by a wonderful monk in northern Thailand,...
Opposing pairs of triangular leaves are stacked on thin stems rising up to a height of 45cm. Leaves appear to be threaded onto the stem, hence the common names necklace vine and sting of buttons. This plant is happiest when growing in part shade, but will tolerate more or less sun. Red margins appear on each leaf positioned in full sun.
This is Harry the succulent turtle. He is a one of a kind turtle that struggles with the heat. He enjoys cool walks in the forest and one day hopes to have a family.
This native ground cover enjoys moist soil with full to filtered sun. The leaves provide a unique shape to the lower layers of the garden. The plant is most suitable for growing around pond edges and in bog gardens.
Curves lines and smooth leaves makes this agave one of the most popular in cultivation. The swan neck agave growslooks at its best in moist soil with partial protection from the midday sun.
Leathery marbled grey-green leaves with yellow margins stand erect from the earth averaging 70cm in height. Once grown and harvested for its fibre to make bowstrings, it is now mostly grown as a hardy ornamental indoor plant and is well regarded for its air cleaning capabilities.