Selecting sustainable plants for the home garden

Plants for home garden

Indigenous, non-indigenous native, or exotic: which plants will grow best in your home garden and which are the most sustainable? Well, it depends whether you’re considering bushland threats, water usage or other factors, says Warren Worboys from the Australia Garden.

ONE OF the roles of the Australia Garden in Cranbourne, Victoria, is to research and promote the growing of Australian native plants in home gardens as well as in public gardens and parklands. The strict selection process we follow in selecting plants for the Australia Garden may help if you’re trying to find the most sustainable plants to use in your own garden at home.

The gardens include a diverse range of natives to cater for the equally diverse tastes and needs of home gardeners. But the selection process is not just a matter of going to the local nursery and buying plants with the prettiest flowers.

Bushland threats

One of the biggest issues for the Australia Garden is the threat to adjacent bushland if plants escape and become weeds or hybridise with the indigenous flora. This is something to consider for home gardens as well.

At the gardens, we’ve established a database which records all Australian plants which have become weedy (anywhere) and all plant species which have shown capacity to hybridise with any plant species indigenous to our site. A new plant species being introduced to the Australia Garden is compared with this list and if there are any known threats which cannot be managed then the plant species is rejected for use in the gardens.

Read the full article in ReNew 139.