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Turf varieties for Subtropical regions


Zoysia grasses are quickly gaining popularity in Queensland and subtropical regions.

Their drought and humidity tolerance makes them an excellent choice, but one of the things that makes Zoysia stand above the rest is that it is more resistant to pests and diseases and best of all it is lower maintenance in these climates, they are slower growing and therefore less mowing is required.

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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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The Best Drought Tolerant, Low Growing Plants For NSW

By Katrina Layt

Groundcovers and low growing plants are needed in almost every landscape. Low growing plants are perfect alternatives to lawns and can be planted on mass without looking too overbearing like some larger plants would.


It’s even more important for them to be drought tolerant if the plants are mass planted.
Below are two drought tolerant, low growing plant categories to easily fit into your landscape with a mixture of shrubby groundcovers and strappy leaf plants.

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Drought tolerant plants under 40cm high

Yareena™ Myoporum parvifolium ‘PARV01’ PBR: 10cm H x 1m W.
Crisp, clean foliage and longer lived Myoporum. Handles frosts and drought much better than other forms.

Themeda australis ‘MINGO’ PBR: 15-20cm H x 60cm W.
Blue foliage, native grass groundcover. With some maintenance this grass looks much better than if left alone.

Double Gold™ Gazania hybrid ‘GT20’ PBR: 20cm H x 1m W.
A sterile Gazania that doesn’t spread from seed and has double the flowers compared to most other Gazanias.

Purple Fusion™ Scaevola humilis ‘PFS100’ PBR: 20cm H x 1.5m W.
Flatter growing Scaevola that flowers for almost the whole year if there aren’t heavy frosts. This species is much more drought tolerant than the aemula species.

Grey Box™ Westringia fruticosa ‘WES04’ PBR: 20-40cm H x 20-40cm W.
Drought tolerant alternative to English Box. Beautiful silver/grey foliage with white flowers. Grows into a natural ball shape and can be pruned down to 20cm x 20cm.

Aranda™ Dianella caerulea ‘DC150’ PBR: 25-30cm H x 35cm W.
Very compact Dianella with deep glossy green foliage. Clumping form with slightly arching foliage.

Pure Blonde™ Liriope muscari ‘LIRBLONDE’ PBR: 30cm H x 40cm W.
Great to make a statement for sheltered and shaded positions. Can handle full sun but protect from windy aspects. Pure Blonde shoots blonde new growth in spring and will be completely Blonde if cut back in July.

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Tough Strappy Leaf Plants are great for Landscaping

Tough Strappy Leaf Plants are great for Landscaping


Drought tolerant strappy leaf plants are widely used in harsh climatic conditions in hot parts of Australia and the USA. Breeding has improved these ornamental grass like plants so now they are much more beautiful for home gardening and commercial landscapes. Best of all they are evergreen.

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Get The Green Edge With Nara Native Turf

Get The Green Edge With Nara Native Turf

It’s hard to believe that the girl shown here kicking her soccer ball in the backyard is playing on a locally developed Australian turf grass. This lush, green lawn is Nara™, a form of Zoysia macrantha. It was bred in Australia to cope with local conditions.

Girl Kicking A Soccer Ball on Grass

As well as coping with the hot dry summers, Nara™ is a lawn grass for garden owners who don’t have time to lavish on lawn care. Given a minimum amount of fertiliser, Nara™ survives and remains green without needing constant mowing. With a more frequent fertiliser regime and regular water, it becomes greener and lusher.

Nara™ has resistance to most lawn diseases and its strong, dense growth helps keep it weed free. If it does develop a problem, products used to treat pests, diseases and weeds in couch can be used safely on Nara™.
Nara is one of a couple of Zoysia turf grasses finding favour in Australia. Another variety is Empire, a form of the closely related Zoysia japonica.

Versatile lawn
According to Todd Layt from Ozbreed who bred Nara™, it responds well to different levels of care. “Nara™ really is versatile,” says Todd. “It grows in most areas in half shade or full sun, with drought or wet conditions and can be mowed short or long. ” “Indeed we find it requires less frequent mowing than most of the traditional lawn varieties, particularly through summer,” he adds.

Fertiliser regime
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Horrible weather in sydney!!! The View From Ozbreed Gardens Today – Thursday 17/10/2013

Horrible weather in sydney!!! The View From Ozbreed Gardens Today – Thursday 17/10/2013

Australia is a really tough place to live at times, and we live in shelter. Imagine with the severe drought, heat and high winds of late how hard it is for plants to live.

It’s important to choose tough drought tolerant plants. Many of Ozbreed’s plants fit this brief, but just remember in times like this if you have to establish them, they are going to need lots of water make it through the first part of their life. In conditions like these even drought tolerant native plants need top up water to remain healthy.

You have to feel for all the Landscapers, and gardeners trying to get plants and turf to take in these conditions. Months of no rain, wind and heat. If you are installing turf and plants don’t skimp on the irrigation for the first 2 months, and in conditions like these, maybe 3 to 4 months.

PS. Wishing good luck to all those people effected by the fires.

Lucia™ Dianella is a low growing plant with excellent spread

Lucia™ Dianella is a low growing plant with excellent spread

Lucia™ Dianella caerulea 'DC101' PBR

Lucia™ is a spreading form of Dianella caerulea. So if you need a drought tolerant plant that gets thick and outcompetes weeds well, Lucia™ Dianella is it. It makes a wonderful roadside plant, or erosion control plant, and its masses of mulberry coloured flowers make it great for any garden.

It is very humidity tolerant, yet can cope with frosts down to Minus 7 degrees Celcius. It can tolerate a wide array of soil types, but performs better in soils of at least reasonable quality. In general soils it will grow to a smaller height (just under knee high) but in really good soils it will reach 50 to 60 cm high. It’s a great plant for coastal windy areas, and also for hot dry or humid inland areas. Lucia™ Dianella is just a no fuss, easy care reliable plant.

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LITTLE JESS™ Dianella is a tough low maintenance plant with a clumping growth habit

Little Jess™ Dianella is a tough low maintenance plant with a clumping growth habit

Little Jess™ Dianella caerulea 'DCMP01' PBR


Little Jess™ Dianella is one of the most widely used plants for mass planting in Australia. That’s because the little plants are just so tough. Little Jess™ Dianella flowers really well, and looks nice and tidy. On a roadside planting it might need pruning after 5 years, but in a domestic situation, it helps to prune it every 3 years or so. Just cut it back to the ground in Spring or Autumn.

Little Jess™ Dianella is the most Reliable and biggest selling Dianella in Australia. Little Jess™ Dianella has excellent humidity tolerance, and good cold tolerance.

Little Jess™ Dianella is Great for all over Australia. It remains evergreen in most regions, except in really cold parts like Canberra where it may discolour in winter. Dianella caerulea is known as one of the most drought tolerant, hardy Flax Lilies. Underground rhizomes ensure excellent cold survival. Little Jess™ Dianella has very short, compact canes and it will not fall over like common Dianella caerulea which generally have long canes. Little Jess™ Dianella – in poor to normal soils won’t get very big. In really good soils it will get higher, but a prune every few years soon fixes that.

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Slim™ Callistemon is a great hedge for tight planting areas

Slim™ Callistemon is a great hedge for tight planting areas

Slim Callistemon viminalis 'CV01' BBR

Do you need a narrow growing small tree for along side Fences, walls, as a windbreak, or for a narrow garden? Then you should be considering Slim. Callistemons, or Bottle Brushes as they are often called are known to be very drought tolerant, and handle heat and humidity very well. They cope well with tough roadside conditions and most soil types.

Slim™ Callistemon can be kept quite narrow with occasional pruning, and will keep a fairly thin natural shape. It’s a good idea to at least prune once, 12 months after planting, but after that it’s narrow form keeps on keeping on. If left to grow naturally, Slim requires very minimal pruning to stay narrow. Slim flowers profusely in Spring, but it also often spots flowers at other times of the year including Autumn.

Slim™ Callistemon is quite self cleaning, meaning most of the pods fall off after flowering, which is important if you want a tidy looking low maintenance plant. One of the great things about slim is that its foliage naturally grows all the way down to the ground, making it the ideal farm wind break, or a great screening plant for general landscaping.  If you want you can prune away the lower branches.

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Grey Box™ Westringia is a drought tolerant native box hedge plant

Grey Box™ Westringia is a drought tolerant native box hedge plant that can be used as a small formal hedge or as a mass planted compact shrub that will only get about double this height.

GREY BOX™ Westringia fruticosa 'WES04' PBR

It makes a truly compact hedge, or when mass planted, a sea of little ball shaped plants. Grey Box™ Westringia is a tough plant and It’s drought tolerance is just the beginning. It handles very high salt laden windy positions, and copes well with frosts, heat and humidity. It works in full sun to part shade.

Its grey blue foliage colour contrasts nicely with its mass of white flowers. This little plant is just so tight, it makes a much better small hedge than English Box for dry climates that have limited water resources. So formal hedges no longer have to be a luxury item, the cost of water, and care just got a whole lot less.

Grey Box™ Westringia is so beautiful and so functional, and it just has to be one of the lowest maintenance plants you could put in any landscape.

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