Do you fancy coming home to a country cottage garden, a riot of happy colour, perennials and annuals, a haven for bees and birds? The good news is you can create a truly Aussie cottage look now with native plants and we have quite a few to suit and are planning to get more as time goes on.
For front of border how about Chrysocephalum apiculatum with yellow bobble flowers with silver or green foliage, or the burgundy leaves of Ajuga australis with its spikes of purple flowers. If you want something entirely more dainty you cant go past Brachyscome multifida (currently available with white mauve and deep mauve flowers) or Lotus australis with white pea flowers (mine hasn’t had a drop of water all winter and is happily in flower now. Slightly taller is the Bulbine glauca with glorious spikes of yellow flowers, so so hardy and team it with Swainsonia galegifolia pink (I have just bought deep burgundy to bring into production too) and clumps of strap leaved Thelionema grande with its deep blue flowers. Another gorgeous blue flowering plant is the Eryngium ovinum which has electric blue thistle-like flower heads. A trellis or arbour could be planted out with dainty, delicate, cream flowered Clematis microphylla or the bolder, purple flowered Hardenbergia violacea.
Plant your culinary herbs amongst the colour and then think dry creek beds, pebble paths or rock bed borders to finish off and you will have a garden to turn heads.