Australia has a wide range of ecosystems driven by climate and environmental conditions and plants have adapted to these environments. While many Australian plants are very hardy and adaptable, care needs to be taken to consider the conditions in which they will grow both at the broader climatic and environmental levels, as well as microclimates.
In considering what to grow, we have categorised the plants by their form and size:
- Grasses and strappy plants - are generally herbaceous with the distinctive flowing shape of grasses
- Ground covers - generally under 1 metre and can be prostrate, dwarf or herbaceous plants
- Wetland plants - are those that cope with damp soil
- Shrubs - generally are 1 to 6 metres tall with multi-stemmed woody stems
- Trees - generally have a single trunk, are self supporting and are over 6 metres tall
- Climbers - adapted to either growing up or out across the ground
Click on each section to go to thumbnail images of each plant, and then to more detailed profiles.
Pink Flannel Flower, Actinotis forsythii - a rare plant found in the Blue Mountains