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Wildlife-Attracting Plants

Wildlife Attracting Plants Each plant species has a specific set of environmental conditions under which ...

Versatile Wattles

Versatile Wattles Margo’s Manuscripts When I think about Australian vegetation gum trees and wattles immediately ...

Versatile Hop Bushes

Versatile Hop Bushes Margo’s Manuscripts Hop bushes (Dodonaea sp.) are so named as their colourful ...
Psychotria daphnoides, Turkey Bush

Turkey bush

Turkey bush Margo’s Manuscripts The smooth psychotria, or turkey bush (Psychotria daphnoides) is a lovely, ...
Linospadix monostachya, Walking Stick Palm

The walking stick palm

The walking stick palm Margo’s Manuscripts Invariably gardens have some shaded areas, from buildings or ...

The Native Elderberry

The Native Elderberry Margo’s Manuscripts The native elderberry (Sambucus autralasica) is a useful bush food ...
Acacia cultriformis, Knife Leaf Wattle

The knife-leaf wattle

The knife-leaf wattle Wattles belong to the genus Acacia, of which there are 1350 species ...
Cassinia laevis, Cough Bush

The curry bush

The curry bush Margo’s Manuscripts Like many plants, the curry bush (Cassinia laevis) has several ...

The common silkpod

The common silkpod One of the distinguishing features of a rainforest is the presence of ...

The Brisbane laurel

The Brisbane laurel Margo’s Manuscripts The Brisbane laurel is only one of several common names ...
Eucalyptus microcorys, Tallow Wood

Tallowwood

Tallowwood Tallowwood (Eucalyptus microcorys) is a fast growing, moderately tall evergreen tree that is found ...

Tabernaemontana pandacaqui

Tabernaemontana pandacaqui Brisbane Wildflowers These are a native relative of the frangipani, and like their ...

Specimen trees for the home garden

There are innumerable native trees that make beautiful garden specimen trees. ...

Sowerbaea juncea

Sowerbaea juncea Brisbane Wildflowers Known as the “Vanilla Lily” from the smell of their flowers, ...

Silky wattle

Silky wattle When many other plants are not flowering, the silky wattle (Acacia holosericea) provides ...

Sea Celery

Sea Celery Margo’s Manuscripts The common name of this plant, sea celery or parsley (Apium ...

Red Apple

Red Apple Margo’s Manuscripts The soft green foliage and deep canopy of rainforest trees conjure ...

Queensland Laurels

Queensland Laurels The genus Neolitsea, in the laurel family, is found throughout south-east Asia and ...
Agathis robusta

Queensland Kauri Pine

Queensland Kauri Pine A magnificent avenue of Queensland Kauri pine (Agathis robusta) planted along Grey ...

Planting for Spring and Butterflies

Planting For Spring And Butterflies With the coming of warmer weather sightings of butterflies are ...
Sterculia quadrifida, Peanut Tree

Peanut tree

Peanut tree If you are looking for a, small rainforest tree with unique features, the ...
Cordyline petiolaris, Broad Leaved Palm Lily

PALM LILIES

PALM LILIES Margo’s Manuscripts Palm lilies, or cordylines, are complimentary to modern landscaping styles. They ...

Native Plants for Cut Flowers

Native Plants For Cut Flowers Some of the most spectacular large floral arrangements are those ...

Native Plants for Bushfire Zones

Native Plants For Bushfire Zones The vegetation of much of Australia has been shaped over ...

Native Food Plants For The Garden

Native Food Plants For The Garden Margo’s Manuscripts In recent years there has been a ...

Native Cottage Garden

Native Cottage Garden Margo’s Manuscripts Different garden designs come into and out of vogue but ...

Native bleeding heart

Native bleeding heart Margo’s Manuscripts If you are searching for a tall bushy shrub with ...
Bursaria spinosa, Blackthorn

Native blackthorn

Native blackthorn Plants are amazing organisms. They produce the oxygen needed by all of the ...

Muttonwood

Muttonwood Margo’s Manuscripts Muttonwood, Myrsine variabilis, is a great landscape species. It can be used ...
Acacia maidenii, Maiden's Wattle

Maiden’s wattle

Maiden’s wattle Maiden’s wattle (Acacia maidenii) is a fast growing, small tree (either slender or ...

Ludwigia octovalvis

Ludwigia octovalvis Brisbane Wildflowers The “Willow Primrose”, these are straggly, woody herbs that can sprout ...

Leptospermum juniperinum

Leptospermum juniperinum Brisbane Wildflowers A “Prickly Tea-Tree”, these are usually upright, straggly shrubs with stiff-pointed ...

Leichhardt Tree

Leichhardt Tree Margo’s Manuscripts The Leichhardt tree (Nauclea orientalis), named after the explorer Ludwig Leichhardt ...
Eupomatia laurina, Bolwarra/Native Guava

Lantana Replacement Plants

Lantana Replacement Plants Margo’s Manuscripts Lantana is one of our most invasive weeds in Queensland ...
Cyathea cooperi, Scaly Tree Fern

Lacy tree fern

Lacy tree fern Margo’s Manuscripts For gardeners wanting a tropical appearance without large rainforest trees, ...

Koda – a special ornamental tree

Koda – a special ornamental tree Margo’s Manuscripts Like many Australian plants, the Koda (Ehretia ...

Kennedia rubicunda

Kennedia rubicunda Brisbane Wildflowers Often called the “Coral Pea”, less often but more imaginatively called ...
Solanum aviculare, Kangaroo Apple

Kangaroo apple

Kangaroo apple The kangaroo apple (Solanum aviculare) belongs to the same family as many economically ...

Interesting Plant Foliage

Interesting Plant Foliage We are blessed in South East Queensland by having many small native ...

Iconic Eucalypts

Iconic Eucalypts Thoughts of Australia are associated with our dominant group of trees – the ...

Hoya australis

Hoya australis Margo’s Manuscripts There are about 200 different species of Hoya in tropical and ...

Grass Trees

Grass Trees Margo’s Manuscripts A survivor from the age of dinosaurs, the unique Australian grasstree ...

Flame Trees, Kurrajongs and Bottle Trees

Flame Trees, Kurrajongs and Bottle Trees Margo’s Manuscripts Most people are familiar with the flame ...
Brachychiton discolor, Lace Bark

FLAME TREES, KURRAJONGS AND BOTTLE TREES

FLAME TREES, KURRAJONGS AND BOTTLE TREES Margo’s Manuscripts Most people are familiar with the flame ...

Dipodium variegatum

Dipodium variegatum Brisbane Wildflowers These little native orchids, commonly called “Hyacinth Orchids”, are quite peculiar. ...

Cycads

Cycads Margo’s Manuscripts Cycads are a very early form of seed-bearing plant (Gymnosperms) that evolved ...

Cockspur thorn

Cockspur thorn Most gardeners are happy to tolerate thorny plants for the sake of their ...

Climbing Plants for the Garden

Climbing Plants For The Garden Climbing plants can be used to great effect in any ...

Calotis cuneifolia

Calotis cuneifolia Brisbane Wildflowers These wiry little daisies are quite widespread and can usually be ...

Border Planting

Border Planting Margo’s Manuscripts Borders to garden beds or rockeries benefit from an edging of ...

Beautiful Australian Native Timber Trees

Beautiful Australian Native Timber Trees The red cedar (Toona ciliata var australis) is possibly our ...

Australian Citrus

Australian Citrus Since restaurants have discovered how delectable many of our native plants are, it ...

Appealing Lilly Pillys

Appealing Lilly Pillys Humans tend to view trees from either an aesthetic or functional perspective. ...

Angular pigface

Angular pigface Angular pigface (Carpobrotus glaucescens) is often overlooked as a garden plant due to ...
Philydrum lanuginosum, Frogsmouth

‘Frog Hollows’ in the garden

‘Frog Hollows’ in the garden Frogs are an important part of the ecosystem and yet ...
Lomandra hystrix, Mat Rush

‘Frog Hollows’ In The Garden

‘Frog Hollows’ In The Garden Margo’s Manuscripts Frogs are an important part of the ecosystem ...