Planting Local Natives
Local native plant species are better suited to the climate, rainfall, topography and soils found across our region. They generally require less fertiliser and water and are less prone to disease and insect attack, therefore requiring less pesticides and effort in pest control. They are also less likely to become weeds, where they can rapidly spread and outcompete or dominate over other native species, both within your garden and surrounding bushland.
Planting native plant species helps to maintain the intricate balance and relationships within ecosystems. All native plants and animals rely on each other in one form or another. For example, insects, birds and some mammals rely on specific native flowers as a source of food. These plants in turn also rely on native animals to transport pollen to other plants for seed and fruit production. In other situations, certain plants rely on native animals consuming the fruits and spreading the seed to new localities where the seed can germinate.
Native Plant Lists
Below is a list of resources to assist you in identify native plant species.
- Identifying Native Plants - Greening Australia
- Identifying Rainforest Plants - Greening Australia
- Key to Eucalypts of Greater Brisbane
- Key to the Wattles of Greater Brisbane
- Native Plants and Cultivars Suitable for Planting on the Sunshine Coast
- Noosa's Native Plants
- Our Locals Are Beauties - Coastal Edition
- Our Locals Are Beauties - Hinterland Edition Part 1
- Our Locals Are Beauties - Hinterland Edition Part 2
- Wildflowers of the Sunshine Coast
- Vines – Moreton Bay Regional Council
For garden design ideas, please see our Planning your Garden section.
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Useful Tips and Facts
- Create urban wildlife corridors and stepping stones to larger local bushland or parkland areas.
- In nature there is no such thing as waste everything is linked and contributes to the cycle. As a plant reaches the end of its life cycle it is not discarded by nature, instead it provides habitat for animals and food for micro-organisms as it lies on the ground, the waste from the micro-organisms, bacteria and fungi feeding on it replace nutrients and organic material to the soil for new plants to grow.
- Plant local native species
- The best way to attract native wildlife to your backyard is to provide a variety of healthy natural foods in the form of seeds, leaves, flowers, nectar, pollen, fruits and nuts throughout the year.
- The use of pesticides and herbicides can damage your soils and kill non target species. The poisoning of insects with chemicals can also cause larger species relying on those insects as a food source to become sick or even die from eating poisoned insects.
- To create habitat for smaller native birds you can grow shrubs close together to create dense corners or pockets in your garden which will provide protection and refuge from larger aggressive birds such as noisy miners
- Wattles (Acacias). While most wattles only live between 6 - 10 years, they are an important pioneer species which colonise disturbed areas, where other plants find it hard to grow. They improve soil conditions enough to allow other species to germinate and thrive by fixing nitrogen into the soil through their roots and adding high levels of organic leaf litter.