Why we should create sustainable gardens and
billabongs filled with native water plants?
use of native water plants breathes life into
billabongs and their surrounds. Sustainable
garden design provides food and shelter for both people and wildlife within the
is the life blood of any living garden.
Why only have water storage tanks to capture and store the rainfall,
when you can emulate the environment that naturally captures run off and
channels the water into creeks and billabongs!
We live in the driest continent in the world and yet we landscape in a
way that results in the little rainfall that we do have, to run off down the
drains and out to sea. This precious
resource should be harvested and retained on site for the benefit of the local
environment. Once our urban billabong is
filled, excess runoff would then be able to continue to support other areas
billabong landscape, even in a suburban environment, can help frogs and other
wildlife survive drought. By creating
even the smallest natural landscape we can learn and observe the wonderful
interactions with in our own gardens.
They can be gardens that the whole family are able enjoy. Children will be inspired to take an interest
in, not only the Googled world, but what can actually be found in their own
Do I need native
water plants to attract native wildlife?
you are planning a habitat garden, wetland or restoring a native landscape then
native water plants are the number one choice.
Native water plants can be a source of food, provide shelter and even nesting materials for
planning to revegetate a wetland, you should consider researching the plants
that are indigenous to the particular area.
The challenge being that even some Australian native
water plants can become aquatic weeds when grown outside their natural
area. Exotic or non-indigenous plants
should be avoided.
Can Australian native water plants be
combined with non-indigenous or exotic water plants?
terms the answer is - Yes. Native water plants can be combined successfully with non-native
water plants. How can we say
this? Through observation and experience
we have seen water plants combined in water garden plantings, full of native
wildlife. Even in our nursery we have
observed 7 species of frogs. The thought
that society will ever eradicate all exotic plants and try to restore all
landscapes to their original indigenous form can only be a dream. In the real world we need to accept them and plan
to live with both indigenous and introduced plants.
The challenge is
to understand the potential for some plants to become aquatic weeds. Whether the plants are Australian native water plants or not, cannot be the only
criteria in deciding if it should be planted.
- For information on the plant care and
maintenance of native water plants, go to
our Tips & Hints page.
- For further information on weeds go to our aquatic
- Click on the following link for information on frog
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