Paten’s Manuscripts

Paten’s Manuscripts

Wildlife-Attracting Plants

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

Wild quince

Wild quince Are you looking for a nicely shaped, small tree to fill a corner...
Guioa semiglauca

Versatile Wattles

Versatile Wattles When I think about Australian vegetation gum trees and wattles immediately spring to...
margo-wattle

Versatile Hop Bushes

Versatile Hop Bushes Hop bushes (Dodonaea sp.) are so named as their colourful fruit bear...
Dodonaea viscosa subsp. cuneata, Hop Bush

Turkey bush

Turkey bush The smooth psychotria, or turkey bush (Psychotria daphnoides) is a lovely, open shrub...
Psychotria daphnoides, Turkey Bush

The walking stick palm

The walking stick palm Invariably gardens have some shaded areas, from buildings or established trees...
Linospadix monostachya, Walking Stick Palm

The native frangipani

The native frangipani The native frangipani (Hymenosporum flavum) is a fast-growing, evergreen small tree. The...
Hymenosporum flavum

The Native Elderberry

The Native Elderberry The native elderberry (Sambucus autralasica) is a useful bush food to have...
Sambucus australasica

The knife-leaf wattle

The knife-leaf wattle Wattles belong to the genus Acacia, of which there are 1350 species...
Acacia cultriformis, Knife Leaf Wattle

The curry bush

The curry bush Like many plants, the curry bush (Cassinia laevis) has several common names...
Cassinia laevis, Cough Bush

The common silkpod

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

The cabbage or fan palm

The cabbage or fan palm With glossy green, fan shaped leaves spanning 3-4m in length...
Livistona australis

The Brisbane laurel

The Brisbane laurel The Brisbane laurel is only one of several common names for Pittosporum...
Pittosporum revolutum

The black she-oak

  The black she-oak The black she oak (Allocasuarina littoralis) is a fast-growing, erect and...
Allocasuarina littoralis – habit

Tallowwood

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

Specimen trees for the home garden

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

Silky wattle

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

Sea Celery

Sea Celery The common name of this plant, sea celery or parsley (Apium prostratum), is...
margo celery

Sandpaper fig

Sandpaper fig Of the forty-two species of fig found in Australia, three have the common...
Ficus coronata

Red Apple

Red Apple The soft green foliage and deep canopy of rainforest trees conjure a feeling...
Acmena ingens

Queensland Laurels

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

Queensland Kauri Pine

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

Plunkett mallee

Plunkett mallee Mallees are small, multi-stemmed trees belonging to the Eucalyptus group. The trunks grow...
Eucalyptus curtisii

Planting for Spring and Butterflies

Planting For Spring And Butterflies With the coming of warmer weather sightings of butterflies are...
margo-butterflies

Peanut tree

Peanut tree If you are looking for a, small rainforest tree with unique features, the...
Sterculia quadrifida, Peanut Tree

PALM LILIES

PALM LILIES Palm lilies, or cordylines, are complimentary to modern landscaping styles. They are often...
Cordyline petiolaris, Broad Leaved Palm Lily

Native Plants for Cut Flowers

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

Native Plants for Bushfire Zones

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

Native gingers for the garden

Native gingers for the garden Native gingers belong to the genus Alpinia and are perennial...
Alpinia caerulea, Native Ginger

Native Food Plants For The Garden

Native Food Plants For The Garden In recent years there has been a resurgence of...
margo-food

Native Cottage Garden

Native Cottage Garden Different garden designs come into and out of vogue but the Cottage...
margo-cottage

Native bleeding heart

Native bleeding heart If you are searching for a tall bushy shrub with interesting foliage...
Homalanthus nutans

Native blackthorn

Native blackthorn Plants are amazing organisms. They produce the oxygen needed by all of the...
Bursaria spinosa, Blackthorn

Muttonwood

Muttonwood Muttonwood, Myrsine variabilis, is a great landscape species. It can be used as a...
margo-muttonwood

Maiden’s wattle

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

Leichhardt Tree

Leichhardt Tree The Leichhardt tree (Nauclea orientalis), named after the explorer Ludwig Leichhardt who first...
margo-leichhardt

Lantana Replacement Plants

Lantana Replacement Plants Lantana is one of our most invasive weeds in Queensland and NSW...
Eupomatia laurina, Bolwarra/Native Guava

Lacy tree fern

Lacy tree fern For gardeners wanting a tropical appearance without large rainforest trees, the lacy...
Cyathea cooperi, Scaly Tree Fern

Koda – a special ornamental tree

Koda – a special ornamental tree Like many Australian plants, the Koda (Ehretia acuminata) has...
Ehretia acuminata

Koala bells

Koala bells Most gardeners seek plants that are attractive, require relatively little attention and bring...
Artanema fimbriatum

Kangaroo apple

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

Ivory curl

Ivory curl When driving through Brisbane suburbs in late summer and autumn it is impossible...
Buckinghamia celsissima

Interesting Plant Foliage

Interesting Plant Foliage We are blessed in South East Queensland by having many small native...
margo-foliage2

Iconic Eucalypts

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

Hoya australis

Hoya australis There are about 200 different species of Hoya in tropical and subtropical regions...
Hoya australis

Hairy bush pea

Hairy bush pea Sunny glades in eucalypt forests from Brisbane to Bega in NSW during...
Pultenaea villosa, Hairy Bush Pea

Grass Trees

Grass Trees A survivor from the age of dinosaurs, the unique Australian grasstree (Xanthorrhoea sp.)...
margo-grass_latifolia

Flame Trees, Kurrajongs and Bottle Trees

Flame Trees, Kurrajongs and Bottle Trees Most people are familiar with the flame tree (Brachychiton...
Brachychiton bidwillii

FLAME TREES, KURRAJONGS AND BOTTLE TREES

FLAME TREES, KURRAJONGS AND BOTTLE TREES Most people are familiar with the flame tree (Brachychiton...
Brachychiton discolor, Lace Bark

Fern leaf banksia

Fern leaf banksia Banksias are generally associated with coastal heath. Different species are, however, found...
Banksia oblongifolia

Deep yellow wood

Deep yellow wood It feels great to grow native plants, but to grow one that...
Rhodosphaera rhodanthema, Deep Yellow-wood

Cycads

Cycads Cycads are a very early form of seed-bearing plant (Gymnosperms) that evolved millions of...
Macrozamia communis

CONTAINER AND INDOOR PLANTS

CONTAINER AND INDOOR PLANTS Most people have a deep sense of connectedness with the natural...

Cockspur thorn

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

Climbing Plants for the Garden

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

Border Planting

Border Planting Borders to garden beds or rockeries benefit from an edging of low growing...
Calotis lappulacea

Beautiful Australian Native Timber Trees

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

Australian Citrus

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

Appealing Lilly Pillys

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

Angular pigface

Angular pigface Angular pigface (Carpobrotus glaucescens) is often overlooked as a garden plant due to...
Carpobrotus glaucescens-Flower

‘Frog Hollows’ In The Garden

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