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Why planting local matters

Why planting local matters

Planting native plants is a great way to make your garden water wise and add some colour and variety to your outdoor space.

But some ‘native’ plants may not be as local as they first seem.

In the past, South Australia’s mainstream nurseries have often sourced plants from the eastern states, Western Australia and the rest of the world. Labelled ‘natives’ these plants, grown in different conditions, may not be suited to our climate.

The good news is that over the last decade there’s been an increase in nurseries propagating and establishing a wider range of home grown species.

These truly local plants are a great way to provide different colours, foliage and forms within your garden. They are also a great way of inviting local fauna into your backyard. The best bit is that you can do all of this knowing that they are really suited to our conditions

So, ask your nursery what is really local today!

Here are some great plant species to get you started:

Terrific South Australian trees

Common name

Scientific name

Preferred situation


Acacia melanoxylon


Oyster Bay pine

Callitris rhomboidea

Higher rainfall, well drained

Drooping sheoak

Allocasuarina verticillata

Prefers good drainage

Unusual plants with great ornamental value

Common name

Scientific name

Preferred situation

Slender mint

Mentha diemenica


Native iris

Patersonia occidentalis

Damp sand

Swamp lily

Ottelia ovalifolia


Gold dust wattle (prostrate scrambling variant)

Acacia acinacea

Well drained

Great ground cover options

Common name

Scientific name

Preferred situation

Stiff irongrass

Lomandra multiflora spp. dura

Mixed flower bed

Grassland everlasting daisy

Chrysocephalum semipapposum

Mixed flower bed



Mixed flower bed

Running postman

Kennedia prostrata

Mat-forming plant

White fan flower

Scaevola albida

Mat-forming plant

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