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Video Guide – Australian Native Plants

Ozbreed Natives Pruning Guide

Native Hedging Plants

Native Screening Plants

Native Ground Covers | GOLD CLUSTER™ Grevillea

Native Strappy Leaf | LITTLE REV™ Dianella

Native Kangaroo Paw | RUBY VELVET ™ Kangaroo Paw

Native Grasses | PENNSTRIPE™ Ornamental Grass

Natives for Shady Areas | LITTLE JESS™ Dianella

Natives Trees | PINNACLE™ Lilly Pilly

Australian Native Plants

Hedges | Screens | Ground Covers | Strappy Leaf | GrassesFlowers | Trees | Browse by Name 

Australian native plants are the obvious choice for Australian gardens; they’ve grown in harmony with the Australian climate and conditions for millennia. And Ozbreed has used the most up-to-date technology to improve their growth and flowering characteristics even further.

We’ve put together this ultimate Australian native plants guide to help you choose the best plants for your needs.

Whether you’re looking for native hedging plants, screen plants, ground cover, dense shrubs, flowering plants to attract native birds and bees, plants that respond well to pruning or anything else you need, Ozbreed have the perfect plant.

Growing Australian Native Plants

It makes good sense to choose Australian native plants for your garden because they are generally:

  • Hardy
  • Drought resistant
  • Low maintenance
  • Disease resistant
  • Beautiful

Australian native plants look great in mass plantings, as specimen trees, ground cover for weed control. Native plants often have striking forms and stunning flower displays that create powerful contrasts and variety in ornamental gardens or for lining driveways.

Australian natives are usually pretty easy to grow but you’ll always get the best results when you choose the right plant, right place – this Australian native plants list will inspire your gardening vision and help you choose the best plant for your needs.

Hedge Plants

Choosing the right hedging plant for your hedge is not always so straightforward.

Not only do you need to think about soil conditions, light, drought and frost occurrence but you also need to consider the space, growth habit, and maintenance requirements.

Ask yourself, do you want a box hedge, a hedge for defining a border or a hedge for privacy and security?

Westringia

Check out one of the many beautiful Westringia cultivars.

The popular Westringia varieties feature fast growing dense foliage with delicate mauve to blue flowers that are highly attractive to native birds.

Westringia are hardy, drought tolerant and cope with a wide range of environments and soil conditions including coastal. Westringia do really well with regular pruning and so they make an ideal choice for box or topiary hedging.

Ozbreed supply a large number of Westringia cultivars ranging from 30cm high x 70cm wide (suitable for box hedging) up to 2.2m high x 1.5m wide for privacy hedging.

See the full range of Westringia here.

Callistemon

Callistemon (bottlebrush) varieties are another good choice for hedging.

Ozbreed have a number of Callistemon cultivars that are ideal for different settings.

Callistemon are hardy, drought and frost resistant and their stunning flower displays will attract the native birds. Use them for screening, hedges or as a feature for tight planting areas.

They tolerate drought and frost but plant them in full sun to part shade. They suit most soil types. Ozbreed Callistemon varieties are highly resistant to Myrtle rust. They range in size from box hedging plants up to 3m high densely leaved hedge plants.

Many of the Callistemon range thrive on regular pruning. This means some of the larger varieties can be pruned to produce smaller tighter growth habits.

See the Callistemon range here.

Waterhousea

Waterhousea floribunda or Weeping Lilly pilly can grow to be a big tree but with regular pruning it will make extremely effective and attractive hedges.

Sweeper® Waterhousea floribunda — 10m high x 5 – 8m wide. Its elegant rippled leaves and delicate white flowers make this a stunning choice as a boundary hedging plant. Plant in full sun to part shade. It is drought and cold tolerant but avoid hot and dry inland areas.

Hibbertia

Hibbertia provide a great choice for smaller hedges and borders. Take a look at Ocean Reef™ Hibbertia spicata.

Ocean reef is a great choice for coastal regions and limestone soils.

  • A compact Hibbertia with very glossy leaves
  • A slow growing shrub that does not tend to spread—grows to 50cm high by 25cm wide
  • Yellow buttercup flowers in spring

Screening Plants

Sometimes you just want to be able to screen the neighbours out, protect your own privacy, or simply cover up an unsightly wall or fence. But when you have limited space in your backyard you need to look for some special plants.

Ideally, you need plants that will grow dense foliage without growing too tall or wide; plants such as Lilly pilly that can fit in narrow spaces.

Lilly Pilly

Check out some of Ozbreed’s excellent and popular Lilly pilly cultivars. These are perfect for constricted planting areas such as along fences and driveways, and their beautiful berries will bring the native birds too.

Ozbreed Lilly pillies are highly Myrtle Rust and Psyllid resistant and are especially useful as fire retardant plantings.

Ground Cover Plants

Ozbreed Ground Cover Plants

Grevillea

Grevilleas are tough fast growing ground cover plants with dense foliage. They will easily out-compete the hardiest weeds. Some Grevillea can spread 3 or 4 metres.

Correa

Correa, also known as the Australian fuchsia, are renowned for their exquisite flowers ranging from delicate pink to fire red. Their vigorous spreading growth habit makes them ideal for ground cover and keeping those pesky weeds at bay.

Correa are drought and frost tolerant. The Ozbreed range of Correa give you many options from delicate low mat coverings (as low as 25cm high) to 2m high shrubs.

Ozbreed also stocks a range of other ground cover plants that have remained close to the hearts of many Australian gardeners over the decades.

Rhagodia

Aussie Flat Bush™ Rhagodia spinescens — 30-50cm high x 1m wide.

This low growing, compact shrub with blue foliage is ideal for ground cover for roadsides and other landscapes in inland and coastal situations.

Carpobrotus

Aussie Rambler™ Carpobrotus glaucescens –20cm high x 2m wide.

Aussie Rambler’s large deep pink flowers in spring and autumn make a wonderful display in rockeries and mass plantings.

And this Carpobrotus works perfectly as weed controlling ground cover in inland and coastal positions. It’s also highly tolerant to drought, frost, salt and humidity.

Other excellent native Australian ground cover plants include:

  • MEEMA™ Hardenbergia violacea — 50cm high x 2m wide–copes with full sun to partial shade.
  • PURPLE FUSION™ Scaevola humilis — 20cm high x 1.5m wide–will flower throughout the year.
  • FREE FALL™ Casuarina glauca prostrate — 30-60cm high x 3-6m wide—a tough ground cover plant for retaining walls and slopes.
  • Blue Horizon™ Eremophila glabra prostrate  — 25cm high x 1m wide–a great choice for dry conditions.
  • Yareena Myoporum parvifolium–10cm high x 1m wide—suits nearly all soil types and conditions

Strappy Leaved Plants

Ozbreed Strappy Leaf Plants

Australia has a wide selection of strappy leaved plants.

These often work well as ground cover especially in combination with other plants.

Kangaroo paws are a truly iconic Australian plant with the rich green leafy foliage contrasting beautifully against the iridescent flowers sitting atop the tall flower stems.

Dianella

Many of the Dianella family are native to Australia and their hardiness, long, deep green strappy foliage, and stunning flower displays create a magnificently colourful ground cover.

They are hardy drought and frost resistant plants that cope well in a wide variety of settings. Some of the Dianella family thrive in wet soil and shady conditions too.

You can see the full Dianella range here.

Kangaroo Paws

Every Australian garden needs some Kangaroo paws.

Their iconic brilliantly coloured flower sitting atop tall stems and their strappy green leaves make them an ideal choice for mass plantings, ground cover, and border plantings.

The Ozbreed range of Kangaroo Paws is bred for excellent Ink Spot resistance and drought and frost tolerance.

See the full range of Kangaroo paws here.

Lomandra

Lomandra are another tough, low maintenance, strappy leaved plant that thrives in most parts of Australia.

The rapid growth and dense mat-like habit of mass plantings will keep weeds at bay and add a touch of colour and form to border gardens, retaining walls, and rockeries.

The Lomandra are reasonably tolerant to shade and some, such as Katie Belles, cope with deep shade as well as wet heavy soil.

Lepidosperma

Lepidosperma are tussock type grasses that cope well with drought, frost and full sun to part shade.

They work equally well as ground cover plants or as single ornamental specimens in rockeries.

Australian Native Grasses

Ozbreed Australian Native Grasses

Australia boasts a stunning array of native grasses that work well as ground cover, border planting or as gorgeous ornamental garden features.

Grasses give strong architectural shape and flow to garden design.

Native grasses are tough, grow in all soil conditions and cope with everything our tough climate can throw at them.

See the range here.

Australian Native Flowers

Perfect for attracting the birds, bees, and the wild life

Many of Australia’s native plants have developed their stunning flower displays to attract our native birds and wild life. Whatever your garden needs there is a native species that will fill that space and attract the native nectar lovers to your garden.

Check out:

  • Correa—flowers in winter/ early spring
  • Westringia—produces prolific amounts of delicate mauve to blue flowers throughout much of the year
  • Lilly pilly—the red or purple fruits are edible and especially attractive to birds
  • Kangaroo paws—various shades of red, green, yellow, and black stand out in any garden
  • Grevillea— exuberant flower displays in colours ranging from crimson to golden yellow
  • Eremophila—produces lovely yellow flowers in the winter
  • Scaevola—flowers all year round

Australian Natives for Shady Areas

Dianella tasmanica (Tasman flax lily) grows naturally in the forests of Tasmania, Victoria and the NSW coast.

It’s tolerance for shade, moisture, and cooler temperatures make it a great choice for those wetter shadier locations.

Little Jess™ Dianella caerulea is another Dianella that thrives even in the heavy shade.

The Lomandra family, particularly Katie Belles and Great White, also cope well with shade.

TWILIGHT GREEN™ Lepidosperma is a tussock type plant that does well in the shade. Its deep green foliage is especially vivid in low light.

Specimen Trees

Ozbreed Australian Native Trees

Ficus

The native fig (Podium™ Ficus brachypoda) works well as a superbly shaped shade tree. It stands out with its lush green foliage, beautiful canopy shape, and low fruiting rates (less mess on pathways).

Eucalyptus

Australia is home to many Eucalyptus varieties but none as special as Vintage Red™ Eucalyptus cladocalyx.

It features deep purple red foliage and is an ideal specimen tree for larger gardens and land blocks in the Southern States (not suitable for north of Sydney).  It is extremely drought resistant and will also tolerate mild frosts.

Native Plant Guides

You can click on the links below to read detailed growing guides for everything you need to know about growing Australia’s special native plants.

Soils for Australian Natives

Most Australian natives will do well in a range of soil conditions from sandy to light clay although they prefer free-draining soil. Creating raised planting beds can help encourage drainage.

If you have acidic soils choose plants such as the Grevillea or Kangaroo Paws – they prefer a soil pH of less than 7.

Some plants, such as Lilly pilly and many of the ground cover plants including Aussie Flatbush, Aussie Rambler, and the Lomandra family, will do well in almost any soil from sandy to heavy clay. In fact, Katie belles™ Lomandra hystrix is really very happy in wet soil areas such as beside streams.

MEEMA™ Hardenbergia violacea is another excellent ground cover plant that will thrive in most soil types from light sandy to heavy clay soils.

Browse Native Plants by Name

Below is a complete list of our plants arranged in alphabetical order by trade name for Australian native plants only.

ABCDEFGH – I – J – KLMNOP – Q – RSTUVW – X – Y – Z

A

Amber Velvet Anigozanthos hybrid ‘Amber Velvet’ PBR

Aranda™ Dianella caerulea ‘DC150’ PBR

Aussie Flat Bush™ Rhagodia spinescens ‘SAB01’ PBR

Aussie Rambler™ Carpobrotus glaucescens ‘CAR10’ PBR

B

Bellissimo™ Correa reflexa ‘COR7’ PBR

Better John™ Callistemon viminalis ‘LJ1’ PBR

Blaze™ Dianella tasmanica ‘NPW2’ PBR

Blue Gem™ Westringia ‘WES03’ PBR

Blue Horizon™ Eremophila glabra prostrate ‘EREM1’ PBR

Breeze® Dianella caerulea ‘DCNC0’ PBR

C

Cassa Blue® Dianella caerulea ‘DBB03’ PBR

Cherry Cluster™ Grevillea rhyolitica x juniperina ‘ TWD01’ PBR

Clarity Blue Dianella species ‘DP401’ PBR

Coastal Pink™ Correa alba ‘COR10’ PBR

Crimson Tide™ Correa pulchella ‘COR9’ PBR

Crimson Villea™ Grevillea rosmarinifolia ‘H16’ PBR

D

Destiny® Dianella tasmanica ‘TAS100’ PBR

Down Under™ Grevillea laurifolia ‘TWD02’ PBR

E

Emerald Arch® Dianella tasmanica ‘DT23’ PBR

Evergreen Baby™ Lomandra labill. ‘LM600’ PBR

Everlasting Amber™ Anigozanthos hybrid

Everlasting Gold™ Anigozanthos hybrid ‘KP02’ PBR

Everlasting Mega Gold™ Anigozanthos hybrid ‘KP03’ PBR

Everlasting Red™ Anigozanthos hybrid

Eskdale Poa labillardieri ‘ESKDALE’ PBR

F

Feather Top™ Baloskion tetraphyllum

Fire Bells™ Correa pulchella ‘COR11’ PBR

FlatAz™ Grevillea ‘GR01’ PBR

Flora Burst™ Callistemon viminalis ‘CC06’ PBR

Free Fall™ Casuarina glauca prostrate ‘CAS01’ PBR

Frilly Lace™ Lomandra multiflora ‘VER1’ PBR

G

Gladiator™ Lepidosperma gladiatum ‘LEP01’ PBR

Gold Cluster Grevillea juniperina ‘H22’ PBR

Gold Mine™ Dianella caerulea ‘DCGL’ PBR

Gold Velvet Anigozanthos hybrid ‘Gold Velvet’ PBR

Great White™ Lomandra longifolia ‘MURU’ PBR

Green John™ Callistemon viminalis ‘LJ23’ PBR

Grey Box™ Westringia fruticosa ‘WES04’ PBR

H

Hip Hop Dodonaea viscosa ‘Hip Hop’ PBR

Hobbit™ Syzygium francisii ‘DBK01’ PBR

I

J

K

Katie Belles™ Lomandra hystrix ‘LHBYF’ PBR

Katrinus Deluxe Lomandra longfolia ‘Katrinus Deluxe’ PBR

King Alfred® Dianella caerulea ‘JOHN316’ PBR

Kingsdale® Poa poiformis ‘PP500’ PBR

L

Lemon Squash™ Corymbia citriodora ‘COR81’ PBR

Little Jess™ Dianella caerulea ‘DCMP01’ PBR

Little Rev™ Dianella revoluta ‘DR5000’ PBR

Lucia™ Dianella caerulea ‘DC101’ PBR

Lucky Stripe™ Lomandra hystrix ‘LMV200’ PBR

Luscious® Tristaniopsis laurina ‘DOW10’ PBR

Low Horizon™ Westringia ‘WES06’ PBR

M

Macarthur™ Callistemon viminalis ‘LC01’ PBR

Meema™ Hardenbergia violacea ‘HB1’ PBR

Mini Meema™ Hardenbergia violacea ‘HB2’ PBR

Mundi™ Westringia fruticosa ‘WES05’ PBR

N

Nafray® Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘PA300’ PBR

Naringa™ Westringia ‘WES01’ PBR

Nyalla® Lomandra longfolia ‘LM400’ PBR

O

Ocean Reef™ Hibbertia spicata ‘WA01’ PBR

Ozbreed Aussie Box® Westringia ‘WES08’ PBR

P

Pennstripe™ Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘PAV300’ PBR

Pinnacle™ Syzigium australe ‘AATS’ PBR

Podium™ Ficus brachypoda ‘BWNPOD’ PBR

Prestige® Dianella revoluta ‘REV101’ PBR

Purple Fusion™ Scaevola humilis ‘PFS100’ PBR

Purple Lea® Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘PA400’ PBR

Q

R

Rainbow Twist™ Dianella prunina ‘DPV308’ PBR

Red Alert™ Callistemon viminalis ‘KPS38’ PBR

Red Head™ Acmena smithii ‘BWNRED’ PBR

Regal Velvet Anigozanthos hybrid ‘Regal Velvet’ PBR

Revelation® Dianella revoluta ‘DRG04’ PBR

Royal Rambler Grevillea ‘RR01’ PBR

Ruby Green™ Dianella caerulea

Ruby Velvet™ Anigozanthos hybrid

S

Savanna Blue™ Lomandra filiformis ‘LMF500’ PBR

Scarlet Flame™ Callistemon viminalis ‘CC19’ PBR

Shara™ Lomandra fluviatilis ‘ABU7’ PBR

Slender Bells White™ Pandorea jasminoides ‘PJ01’ PBR

Slim™ Callistemon viminalis ‘CV01’ PBR

Straight and Narrow™ Syzygium australe ‘SAN01’ PBR

Sublime™ Acmena smithii ‘DOW30’ PBR

Sungold™ Lomandra longifolia ‘LMV100’ PBR

Sweeper® Waterhousea floribunda ‘DOW20’ PBR

Sweet Privacy™ Murraya ‘MP01’ PBR

T

Tanika® Lomandra longfolia ‘LM300’ PBR

Tasred® Dianella tasmanica ‘TR20’ PBR

Trixibelle™ Correa reflexa ‘COR8’ PBR

Tropic Cascade™ Lomandra hystrix ‘LHWP’ PBR

Twilight Green™ Lepidosperma ‘LEP08’ PBR

Twisty™ Dianella congesta ‘DCT500’ PBR

Twizzler™ Lepironia articulata

U

Utopia® Dianella prunina ‘DP303’ PBR

V

Variegated Tanika™ Lomandra longifolia ‘NPW3’ PBR

Vintage Red™ Eucalyptus cladocalyx ‘EUC78’ PBR

W

Wingarra® Lomandra contertifolia ‘SIR5’ PBR

Wyeena™ Dianella tasmanica ‘TAS300’ PBR

X

Y

Yalba™ Imperata cylindrica ‘ICL200’ PBR

Yareena™ Myoporum parvifolium ‘PARV01’ PBR

Z

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