The profiles of native plants that are provided below are based on our experience of having grown the vast majority of these species, as well as having also viewed them in the wild. It is important to see plants in nature to gain an understanding of the conditions that have shaped them, and to observe the aesthetics of natural plant communities.
In addition to our interest in expanding the use of native plants, we utilise a significant range of exotic species within our work – notably for seasonality and flowering performance. However, we have limited these plant profiles to native species, as a considerable number of worthwhile members of our flora are still little-known (and under-utilised within landscape design).
We have separated the plant profiles into distinct categories (such as ‘ferns’ or ‘climbers’), based on the growth habits of certain horticulturally significant members of each genus. These divisions are not always ‘hard and fast’; for example, some genera contain both shrubs and climbers. They are simply intended to assist readers in finding information of particular interest to them.