Australian Native Plants - The water saving option

Australian native plants are famous around the world for their unique beauty and are the natural choice for gardeners wanting to create beautiful gardens with minimal water output. The key is in choosing the right plants and timing the planting with the Autumn/Winter rains and being prepared to provide some supplementary watering through the first three summers. The addition of an appropriate soil conditioner for your soil type will ensure these plants settle in well.  Once established your Australian native plant garden will then survive on minimal watering.

Some plants have made very specific water saving adaptations such as the bottlebrush family which have their flowering and growing season during late winter and Spring (when water is more readily available) and in Summer their leaves and stems harden which reduces their need for water and hence minimises water loss.

Other Australian plants minimise moisture loss by way of thin or needle–like leaves whereby the surface area for water loss is reduced. Others have hairy leaves which trap a layer of air near their surface which acts to insulate the leaf and protect  from drying out.

Some plants are more drought tolerant than others, so here is our recommendation for the top 10 drought tolerant Australian plants. 

  • Baxter’s Kunzea (Kunzea baxterii) 3m
  • Callistemon  ‘Little John’ 1m and other bottlebrush cultivars
  • Geraldton Wax flower (Chamelaucium uncinatum) many forms 2m
  • Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’ 1 x 1.5m
  • Knobbly club rush (Ficinea nodosa) 0.5cm
  • Leptospermum ‘Pink Cascade’ 05 x 1.5m
  • One sided net bush (Calothamnus quadrifidus) 1m
  • Native Rosemary (Westringia fruticosa) many forms 0.5-1.5m
  • Scarlet honey myrtle (Melaleuca fulgens) many forms 1m
  • White flowering native fuchsia  (Correa alba) 0.8m