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Native plants

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Need help deciding what to plant in your garden?

  1. Find a list of plants that are appropriate for your area on Native Plants for Your Garden
  2. Get more information about the different plant species using PlantNET
  3. Where to buy those plants?? Look at nurseries which supply local native plants
  4. Use the planting guidelines to ensure your plants thrive! 
  5. Why not birdscape or create a wildlife-friendly garden?
  6. Want someone else to do all the hard work? Find a bush regenerator!
  7. Free native plants for Pittwater Residents
  8. Why not plant some Bush Tucker!

Why plant natives?

Native plants:

  • grow with little maintenance once established
  • provide habitat for our native animals, including koalas, possums and gliders, bats, many parrots, nomadic honeyeaters and smaller birds such as blue wrens and firetails.

By providing native habitats in our gardens, we are helping to conserve the biodiversity of Pittwater and assisting the natural process to remain functional. Local native plants are available from local nurseries. When purchasing your plants, make sure they have been grown from seed stock collected in Pittwater.

Do you really need to buy plants?

If you are working on a property that has a natural soil profile, ie. the soil levels have not been altered by cutting, filling or terracing, planting is not recommended!

In these cases natural regeneration can occur - the regeneration of plants from native seed present in the soil will help to maintain the intrinsic values of the vegetation and eliminate the need for planting. Natural regeneration can occur even if the site has been weedy for many years.

Once the weed has been removed and controlled, natural regeneration will occur. Viable seed can remain in the soil for up to 50 years!
For more information see the Planting in Bushland? But what about Natural Regeneration? brochure.

Updated: 18 Jul 2016