The best thing about a garden bursting with Australian natives is that if you choose the right varieties, you can enjoy a low maintenance, sustainable and beautiful garden that you can call your own. For a while there, natives seemed a thing of the past when it came to landscaping, however they’re enjoying something of a resurgence thanks to being drought tolerant, providing food and shelter for native animals and attracting important insects to name a few.
Before investing in a garden of Australian natives, it’s important that you’re up to date on garden maintenance, and plant selection. So, we’ve compiled a handy guide on some important tips on looking after your native garden.
Choose the right natives for your climate
As we all know, the climates in Australia can be drastically different. Some native plants that are found up north may not thrive in Victoria and vice versa. Research what native plants work for your specific climate to give your garden the best chance to establish itself. A few natives that grow well in Victoria include Banksia, Acacia, Dog Rose, Native Fuschia, Yellow Buttons, Grevillea Lanigera, Dwarf Heath Myrtle, Native Hibiscus, Illawarra Flame Tree, Eucalyptus Tree and Native Frangipani. Of course, this is only a small sample, and varietals thrive differently depending on location, for example coastal, inland or mountain regions.
Minimise Frost Damage
In Victoria, frost damage can happen quite easily during winter. Although natives might be more resilient than introduced species, as the winters get colder it’s best that you do all you can to minimise frost damage. If your area is prone to frost, choose plants that are more frost tolerant than others. Do not use a nitrogenous fertiliser, keep your soil moist and avoid blocking any air flow to the area.
Keep on top of Pruning
Pruning any plant can help it stay looking lush and healthy, while keeping them well maintained.
Keep them Hydrated
Although Australian natives are quite resilient and drought resistant, they still like to stay hydrated as much as any other varietal. To help your plants thrive, look at varieties that survive on winter rainfall similar to your own.
Mulch it Up
Mulching is important as it helps to maintain soil moisture and lessens the need for watering. It also helps improve soil and can help reduce weed growth. When looking for a mulch for your natives, look for any organic material that is free of disease. You can also use leaves, grass clippings and path sweepings.
When it comes time for you to get your native garden started, or if you’d like help discussing which natives would flourish in your area, then contact the professionals today.