Native plant species for groups

""Brisbane City Council has chosen specifically themed plant packs to provide greater environmental benefits and outcomes for your garden.

Please note that you will be able to choose plants from one (1) pack.

Note: information contained on this page is intended to be used as a guide only.

Bird and butterfly pack

A selection of small to large shrubs and trees to provide colour in the garden and vital food and habitat to our native birds and other wildlife.

Species Description and growing requirements Fauna benefits

Banksia

Banksia sp.

Hardy evergreen shrubs with attractive foliage with bold single colour flowering spikes. Plant in an open sunny position in well-drained soil. Available in short - up to 2 metres, and tall - 4 metres+

Birds

Black She-Oak

Allocasuarina littoralis

A densely foliaged fast growing small to medium tree to 12 metres. Grows in well-drained soil. Suitable as a hedge or windbreak Birds

Bottlebrush

Callistemon sp.

Fast growing, hardy shrub with beautiful blooms in a variety of single colours in spring and summer. Plant in a moist, well-drained sunny position. Great for containers, edging, rockeries, hedges and borders. Available in short - up to 1.5 metres, medium - 1.5 to 3 metres, and tall - 4 metres +

Birds, insects

Brisbane Wattle

Acacia fimbriata

Hardy rounded fast growing shrub to 7 metres. Balls of yellow bell shaped flowers occur in early spring. Grows in most soil situations.

Possums, butterflies

Fan Flower

Scaevola aemula

Spreading groundcover to 600 millimetres with dark green foliage and small mauve-pink flowers in spring and summer. Prefers well-drained soils. Great for hanging baskets

Bees

Grevillea

Grevillea sp.

Showy evergreen plants with nectar-rich 'spider flowers' in a variety of single colours. Plant in a sunny location with light, gritty, free-draining soil. Available in short - up to 1.5 metres, and tall - 5 metres +

Birds, bees, butterflies

Little Penda

Xanthostemon verticillatus

Hardy shrub up to 2 metres with glossy dark green leaves with profuse clusters of pale lemon flowers throughout the year. Grows well in moist, well-drained soils in full sun. Prune after flowering to promote bushy growth.  Suitable for tubs and containers. Birds, bees and insects

Tea Tree

Leptospermum sp.

Hardy and showy weeping shrub up to 3 metres producing a spectacular display of white or pink flowers in winter and spring.  Plant in a sunny position in well-drained soil.  Suitable as a feature plant, or can be used as a screen or informal hedge. Bees, insects

Twiggy Heath Myrtle

Baekea virgata

Very hardy shrub to 3 metres. Profuse white flowers occur in spring and summer. Prefers a lightly shaded position in well drained soils. Great for hedges or tubs

Birds

Tuckeroo

Cupaniopsis anacardiodes
(seasonal)

Attractive evergreen tree with rounded canopy. Grows to 8 metres. Orange fruits in winter. Most soils are suitable

Birds

Frog and lizard pack

A selection of low growing grasses and tufting plants to provide food and shelter to frogs, lizards and other wildlife.

Species Description and growing requirements Fauna benefits

Brisbane River Lily

Crinum pedunculatum

Tufting plant with strappy leaves up to 1.5 metres. Open white flowers on thick stems from November to March. Prefers a damp spot in full sun or part shade

Lizards, insects

Lillypilly

Syzygium sp.

Hardy evergreen plants with glossy green leaves with fluffy pom-pom white flowers in spring and summer followed by red berries. Prefers sunny position with well-drained soil. Lillypillies make excellent screens, windbreaks and hedges and can be pruned to size and shape. Grows up to 2 metres

Insects, birds, bees, flying foxes

Mat Rush

Lomandra sp.

Deep green glossy narrow strap leaves to 700 millimetres. Small yellow-cream flowers in spring and summer. Grow in full sun to part shade position

Lizard, frogs

Native Ginger

Alpinia caerulea

Clumping plant with stems to 1.5 metres. Large light green leaves with white flowers in spring. Prefers moist shady areas

Frogs, lizards

Native Lasiandra

Melastoma affine

Hardy bushy shrub to 2 metres. Showy large pink/purple flower in summer. Prefers partial shade

Lizards

Palm Lily

Cordyline sp.

Striking feature plant to 2 metres with green leaves. Mauve flowers from September to October. Great for shady gardens or as an under storey plant. Grow in well-drained soil

Birds, lizards

Sedge

Carex appressa

Tall sedge/grass growing to 800 millimetres with large yellow seeds heads in spring. Likes wet areas in full sun or partial shade. Ideal plant for around pool area in pots or mass plantings

Frogs, lizards

Courtyard and small space pack

A special selection of flowering plants and grasses suitable for small courtyard spaces or plant pots and containers on a balcony or patio.

Species Description and growing requirements Fauna benefits

Blue Flax

Dianella caerulea

Hardy plant with long strappy leaves to 500 millimetres. Blue flowers on branched spikes appear in spring. Bright blue berries occur after flowering. Prefers sunny position in well-drained soil

Birds, lizards

Bottlebrush

Callistemon sp.

Hardy shrubs with beautiful blooms in a variety of single colours in spring and summer. Plant in a moist, well-drained sunny position. Bottlebrushes make excellent screening plants and are quick growers. Grows up to 3 metres

Birds, Insects

Coastal Rosemary

Westringia sp.

Hardy small fast growing shrub 1 metre square. Long flowering and suitable as a hedge or screening plant or for exposed sites and coastal gardens

Birds, butterflies, insects

Honey Myrtle

Melaleuca linariifolia
'Claret Tops'

A dense and compact shrub to 1.5 metres with attractive claret coloured new growth and white flowers in summer. A great foliage plant for shrubberies or in a pot

Birds, insects

Little Penda

Xanthostemon verticillatus

Hardy shrub up to 2 metres with glossy dark green leaves with profuse clusters of pale lemon flowers throughout the year. Grows well in moist, well-drained soils in full sun. Prune after flowering to promote bushy growth.  Suitable for tubs and containers. Birds, bees and insects

Mat Rush

Lomandra sp.

Deep green glossy narrow strap leaves to 700 millimetres. Small yellow-cream flowers in spring and summer. Grow in full sun to part shade position

Lizards, frogs

Native Violet

Viola hederacea

Attractive dense groundcover suitable to damp shady areas. Small round light green leaves with violet flowers throughout the year. Ideal for rockeries, mass plantings, pots and hanging baskets

Lizards, frogs

Tea Tree

Leptospermum sp.

Attractive small shrub with a weeping habit, growing to 2 metres. Showy pink or white flowers in spring and autumn. Prefers moist well-drained soil in full sun or light shade. A useful feature plant for rockeries or over retaining walls.

Insects, bees

Thyme Leafed Honey Myrtle

Melaleuca thymifolia

A small shrub around 1 metre in height. The mauve-purple flowers occur in clusters on the plant in a claw formation during spring and summer. Plant in a sunny position with good drainage. Regular watering will encourage flowering

Birds, insects

 Indigenous use pack

A selection of plants that have provided food, shelter or other important uses for Australia's Indigenous people and our unique native wildlife.

Species Description and growing requirements Fauna benefits

Bangalow/Piccabeen Palm

Archontophoenix cunninghamiana

Medium-tall, fast growing palm to 15 metres. Lilac flowers followed by bright red fruits December to May. Suited to well composted soil, ample water and frost free area. This is a self-cleaning palm

Birds

Green Mat Rush

Lomandra sp.

Large strappy leafed plant up to 1 metre square. Yellow or cream flowers appear in spring and summer. Will grow in full sun or partial shade. Ideal for moist soils. Good plant for revegetation and erosion control

Frogs, lizards

Lemon Scented Myrtle

Backhousia citriodora

Great small feature tree to 5 metres. White flowers from summer to autumn. Leaves are lemon scented. Prefers moist, well-drained soil in semi shade. Ideal for hedges or mixed shrub bed

Birds, butterflies, bees

Lillypilly

Syzygium sp.

Hardy evergreen plants with glossy green leaves with fluffy pom-pom white flowers in spring and summer followed by red berries. Prefers sunny position with well-drained soil. Lillypillies make excellent hedges and can be pruned to size and shape. Grows 3 to 5 metres

Birds, bees, flying foxes

Tuckeroo

Cupaniopsis anacardioides
(Seasonal)

Attractive evergreen tree with rounded canopy. Grows to 8 metres. Orange fruits in winter. Most soils are suitable

Birds

Weeping Paperbark

Melaleuca leucadendra sp.

Hardy tree to 14 metres with bright green leaves and papery bark. Prefers open sunny position. Creamy pale yellow flowers with sweet nectar in spring and summer

Birds, flying foxes, bees

 Shade and screening pack

A great selection of hardy plants to create a hedge or screen for privacy, or to provide shade for hot areas of the garden or adjoining buildings.

Species Description and growing requirements Fauna benefits

Bottlebrush

Callistemon sp.

Hardy shrub to 3 metres with beautiful blooms in a variety of single colours in spring and summer. Plant in a moist, well-drained sunny position. Bottlebrushes make excellent screening plants and are quick growers. Grows up to 3 metres

Birds, insects

Flame Tree

Brachychiton acerifolius
(seasonal)

Hardy upright tree to 20 metres, light green large lobed leaves, profuse red bell-shaped flowers occur in late spring or summer

Butterflies

Golden Penda

Xanthostemon chrysanthus

An attractive specimen tree up to 8 metres. Showy, dense cluster of golden yellow flowers appear from summer to winter. Plant in full sun to part shade in well-drained soil. Suitable as a hedge, windbreak, screen or as a feature tree. Birds, bees and insects

Ivory Curl Tree

Buckinghamia cellisima
(seasonal)

Fast growing evergreen tree to 8 metres. Striking long creamy fragranced flowers from spring until autumn. Prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun to semi-shade

Birds, bees

Lemon Scented Myrtle

Backhousia citriodora

Great feature tree to 5 metres. White flowers occur in clusters from summer to autumn. Leaves are lemon scented. Prefers moist, well-drained soil in semi-shade. Ideal for hedges or mixed shrub beds

Birds, butterflies, bees

Lillypilly

Syzygium sp.

Hardy evergreen plants with glossy green leaves with fluffy pom-pom white flowers in spring and summer followed by red berries. Prefers sunny position with well-drained soil. Lillypillies make excellent screens, windbreaks and hedges and can be pruned to size and shape. Grows up to 5 metres

Birds, bees, flying foxes

Native Lasiandra

Melastoma affine

Hardy bushy shrub to 3 metres. Showy large pink-purple flower in summer. Prefers partial shade in well-drained soil

Lizards

Tuckeroo

Cupaniopsis anacardioides
(seasonal)

Attractive evergreen tree with rounded canopy. Grows to 8 metres. Orange fruits in winter. Most soils are suitable

Birds

Tulipwood

Harpulia pendula
(seasonal)

Hardy, fast growing to 10 metres with attractive, pale green foliage. Large sprays of greenish-yellow, slightly fragrant flowers appear in summer. Requires open sunny position in light to medium soil type. Excellent shade tree

Birds, butterflies

 

11 April 2016