Finally! Warrnambool gets an official guide for planting native trees, shrubs and plants.
Which Plant and where? has been developed by Warrnambool City Council and is available on their website.
And the best part is each flower is accompanied by clear photos from Kevin Sparrow of Warrnambool, which really helps to give you an idea of what you will end up.
Using their Plant Selector Tool allows you to choose on a range of factors which plants might suit your garden.
You can choose plants for Bush Tucker food, or make biodiversity selections which also feed/shelter/house birds, bees, insects, and of course the butterfly attracting plants.
Most importantly for Warrnambool is being able to choose plants that will suit our very diverse soil profiles. We are a city built on old sand-dunes, and where you go to plant usually depends on what flowed out of the nearby volcanoes in past times, as well as and what has built up over time or been added to it (my Dad used to bring home truckloads of soil from Penshurst and add it to a sandy soil, so take care profiling you garden undersoils).
So in Warrnambool you can be two blocks east of the main street and be on a ridge with sandy grey soil type and limestone underneath, or two houses down the hill and in lovely black clayish type soil. But if you go west two blocks of the main street you can be sitting on rich, black volcanic soil like that south west of Tower Hill (the extinct volcano. Mind you go east of Tower Hill and you are in red mineral rich soils). But head two blocks north and you are in sand-stone that was quarried for the local churches, businesses and houses that make our city famous as ‘SandStone City”.
There are more categories for Water requirements (you can always reduce that with good soil profiling like rouch and rich composts), Light (also remember flowers will often lean towards refracted light like from a bright white wall, even if the sun is overhead and at its zenith).
Form, Height, and Maintenance are more of the useful options in this plant selector tool.
Quite excited to find Kangaroo Apple on the new list (having just potted up 20 of them!)...they were a traditional bush-medicine and bush-tucker plant which has been making a comeback. The seeds are poisonous when the fruit is green but can be eaten when ripe (usually best to let the fruit fall to the ground so you know is fully ripe). This is a plant that loves part shade and makes a great middle-story cover in woodland like areas (can become weed-like in disturbed soils, especially near rivers and waterways).
And now we finally have our plant guide we can all be more confident about what we are putting in our gardens.