Category Archives: Australian Native Plants

Plants that make good lawn borders


You may think that choosing plants to border your lawn is easy, but there are some many variables to consider before choosing plants. Height, spread and colour are just a few things to deliberate, but this article will explain what the best plants are for lawn borders.

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Lomandras for Queensland


Queensland can have some very extreme conditions for landscape plantings, wet, dry and high humidity can cause problems for a lot of plant species. Lomandras are a notoriously tough plant, but not every lomandra variety is suited to the Queensland climate. This article will show which are the best lomandras for Queensland, even ones that are phytophthora resistant.

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Advantages of Using Native Plants in Gardens


Our Australian native’s plants are greatly desired overseas, and it is any wonder, they are tough, reliable plants that work and look wonderful in many garden styles. In the past Australian native plants have often been thought of as untidy, but with breeders producing new cultivars, there is now tidier, even tougher Australian Native plants suitable for every garden.

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Bold native flowers for your garden

Australian native plants generally require less water to maintain, are easier to grow and can tolerate the Australian climate better than other exotic plant varieties. But did you know that there is a wide variety of flowering Australian natives that can be added to your garden in place of exotics for that explosion of bold colour your looking for?

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New Shrubs & Groundcovers Available in Tasmania

Ozbreed is excited to announce the arrival of new shrubs and groundcovers at Cloverlea Nurseries in Tasmania, these include Ozbreed Aussie Box® Westringia ‘WES02’ PBR, Blue Gem™ Westringia ‘WES03’ PBR and Naringa™ Westringia WES01′ PBR. Please see below for more details on each plant and for links to plant pages.

Ozbreed Aussie Box® Westringia ‘WES02’ PBR
Ozbreed Aussie Box® Westringia can be pruned into a box hedge or left in its natural ball shape whilst staying compact and tidy. Produces mauve flowers throughout spring/summer and has a dense growth habit. Great alternative to exotic box plants as it has faster establishment and requires less water and needs less pruning than other Westringias.
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Blue Gem™ Westringia ‘WES03’ PBR
Blue Gem™ Westringia flowers profusely in spring, and regularly at other times of the year with bluish-purple flowers. Great in native gardens or in any flower garden and can be pruned to shape as required.
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Naringa™ Westringia ‘WES01’PBR
NaringaWestringia is the best hedging Westringia available for medium to tall hedges. Tidy form with masses of mauve coloured flowers in spring and regularly at other times. Needs pruning about half as much as other Westringias, and in a natural setting, probably not at all.
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Please contact Cloverlea Nurseries in Somerset, Tasmania on (03) 6435 0090 for more information and availability of plant varieties.

Please remember unfortunately some plant varieties will take longer to be readily available in Tasmania, for more information you can contact the licensed grower in your area for availability.

Tasred® Dianella is a tough & reliable strappy leaf plant

Tasred® Dianella is a tough & reliable strappy leaf plant

Tasred® Dianella tasmanica 'TR20' PBR

Tasred® Dianella is one tough, adaptable and reliable Australian native plant. It’s the best performing, biggest selling Dianella tasmanica in Australia. It has really beautiful flowers and great colour contrast with changing foliage colours throughout the year. It is best suited to non-humid regions but does well in Sydney if planted in the shade.

In southern NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania it works well in full sun and moderately heavy shade. Tasred® Dianella is certainly drought and frost tolerant.

Tasred® Dianella tasmanica 'TR20' PBR

After it finishes flowering Tasred® Dianella has large beautiful purple berries. In most situations Tasred® Dianella gets to about 40cm high but in good soils it can get a little higher. Use it for mass planting or as a garden specimen plant.

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Aussie Rambler™ Carpobrotus is a native groundcover plant with large pink flowers

Aussie Rambler™ Carpobrotus is a native groundcover plant with large pink flowers

Aussie Rambler™ Carpobrotus glaucescens 'CAR10' PBR

Aussie Rambler (Giant flowering Pig face)

What an amazing Australian native groundcover plant. The Aussie Rambler™ Carpobrotus flowers are 2 to 3 times bigger than the flowers from the common form, there’s more of them, and best of all, they flower for quite a bit of the year.

No wonder it goes by the nick name Giant flowering pigface. But this is only one reason why this by far the best Australian native succulent.  Firstly it handles frosts much better than the common form of Carpobrotus glaucesens, and has performed well down to Minus 5 degrees Celsius.

Testing next year will see if it can go even colder. It copes much better with heavy soil types. The common form only grows in sandy soils near the coast. Aussie Rambler™ Carpobrotus copes better with heat and humidity, and is more disease resistant.

It’s been tested for years now inland in heavy soils, with frosts in winter, and over 40 degree days in summer. Aussie Rambler™ Carpobrotus is perfect for roof top gardens, road side plantings, in any garden as a ground cover, or for erosion control and cascading down rocks and slopes.

It hugs the ground closely, and each plant can spread a metre or more making it a great plant for large areas. It is well known to be a fire retardant plant. So what are you waiting for, don’t image these massive flowers in your garden, instead enjoy them, so get planting now.

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Ozbreed Aussie Box® Westringia is a compact drought tolerant box hedge plant

Ozbreed Aussie Box® Westringia is a compact drought tolerant box hedge plant

Growing small formal hedges in Australia or any other drought prone climate is difficult. Plants like English Box and Japanese Box often struggle with poor soils, and drought. Ozbreed Aussie Box® Westringia is a dense compact Aussie native shrub that’s super drought tolerant. Ozbreed Aussie Box® Westringia performs well in most parts of Australia, and in California.


It can be made into a low maintenance small hedge, or can be used with very minimal pruning in gardens and mass plantings simply left in its natural ball shape. Ozbreed Aussie Box® Westringia flushes with mauve coloured flowers in Spring, and often in Autumn as well.

It’s natural drought tolerance makes it great for dry inland gardens, and its tolerance to salt laden winds make it ideal for coastal gardens. It works in full sun to part shade, and can cope with many soil types.

So as a formal hedge or a naturally shaped small shrub, Ozbreed Aussie Box® Westringia is one beautiful tough Aussie.

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Nathan Layt from Ozbreed – Photo By Outdoor Design Source at GES

Nathan Layt from Ozbreed – Ozbreed are a well known environmental turf, landscape gardening and plant breeding company. Photo By Outdoor Design Source at GES on stand 102.
Photo: Nathan Layt from Ozbreed - Ozbreed are a well known environmental turf, landscape gardening and plant breeding company. Check out their great range on stand 102.
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Add some flair to your design with YALBA™

Add some flair to your design with YALBA™ 

Imperata cylindrica ‘ICL200’ PBR

YALBA is extremely tough and an incredibly beautiful Australian native ornamental grass.

Who’d have thought a grass could look so glamorous? Yalba’s fluffy plumes really are an eye catching feature for any landscape and can show for up to five months at a time (usually from April to August). Don’t be fooled though, this plant is much tougher than its fluffiness lets on.

Yalba is a dense, fast spreading grass and is much more compact than common Imperata grasses, with longer lasting and more prolific flowers. Another great feature is its reddish foliage in autumn and winter, with green foliage in the warmer months.

With its ability to out-compete weeds, Yalba is perfect for roadsides, median strips and large landscape areas, has excellent drought and frost tolerance, and tolerates poor soils.

Yalba is so competitive in an area that it out-competes Couch, Kikuyu, and most other weeds. You only need to mow it once each year or two after it is established and that’s it!

If any plant could ever be called bullet proof, I’d say Yalba is it. It’s also perfect for slopes and for erosion control as it strengthens the soil 5.45 times compared to bare soil.

With roadsides becoming difficult to maintain, a plant like this that can be mown any time of the year is just what the doctor ordered. Slash yearly, or every second year, and that’s it! …read more

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