Bird Attracting

Species identified with a (B) have flowers, fruits or berries that are attractive to birds. These species are attractive to insects also, thereby attracting birds seeking to feed on these insects. These species also are good nesting sites for smaller birds.

Coastal (Salt Tolerant Plants)

Plants identified in this group are ideal to be planted in areas of high salt, beside the sea or in areas with sand as the main growing media. In most cases, plants in this group are also highly tolerant to high smog levels adjacent to roadways etc.

Hedging, Shaping or Topiary

Species identified in this group are ideal for trimming into shapes, or as topiaries. They make ideal hedges if regularly trimmed to the size desired by the owner. More regular lighter pruning will result in a better-shaped plant than if pruned less regularly, every 6 weeks would be ideal.

Invasive Roots

Plants identified in this group generally have roots that can cause interference to drains and/or water pipes and foundations of buildings if placed too close to those amenities. Often when there is a problem with roots the cause is often a plant further away from the immediate vicinity, and most likely one of the species identified in this list. Plants identified, as invasive must be avoided in most house allotments.

Low Lying Areas (Wet Area Plants)

Plants in this group are ideal if grown in wet areas, or areas with a high constant water table. These plants are especially adapted to these unique conditions and in most cases should not be substituted with others not suited.

Shade Growing Plants

Plants identified here are ideal when grown in high shade areas, under trees or in areas where there is very little natural light. Most plant species can grow in low light areas but they tend to be sparse and dull with less flowering than if grown in full sun.

Water Wise Plants

Plants identified here, in our experience require less water than most other plants. Generally they are natives. Once established the plants in this group survive better in low rainfall areas. They also react very quickly once water is applied.