Wake up to the sound of birdsong! Design your garden as a haven for birds and it will be a sanctuary for you.
- Design a garden to attract birds.
Select the best plants for food, shelter and nesting sites.
- Plan for a grassland and wildflower garden.
Only remnants of our natural grasslands survive and they are one of the most endangered ecosystems.
- Entice butterflies into your yard with the plants that attract them.
- Include a simple birdbath or a habitat-sustaining pond complete with native water plants, fish and frogs.
- Follow the example of today’s fashionable landscape designers who are creating stunning modern gardens using native plants such as the ‘architecturally magnificent’ Xanthorrhoea australis (Grass Tree).
- Use topiary, hedging and pruning. Many natives make excellent ‘statement’ or ‘standard’ plants.
A well-kept hedge can be a corridor through the garden for small and ground-foraging birds and marsupials.
Many native plants, for example, Alyxia buxifolia (Sea Box) can be substituted for exotic species and are more suited to our climate.
- Plant a native lawn. Substitute native grasses for the traditional lawns. They are easy-care, can be mown and need no extra water or fertiliser once established. Native grasses are excellent habitat plants and important host plants for butterflies.
Did you know that using local native plants could save you time and money?
It’s because local native plants are adapted to local conditions, including soil types, rainfall patterns, topography, pests and diseases.
Local native plants make the little spot on earth you call home unique!