Your plants

Brisbane City Council encourages all residents and businesses to plant native plants. Find tips on what and how to play and the best way to maintain your native garden.


Free native plants

Council offers free native plants every year to residential ratepayers, schools and community groups. A variety of plants including groundcovers, grasses and tufting plants, small and large shrubs and feature trees are available. Find out how to apply for your free plants.


Nurseries participating in free native plant program

Find out which nurseries are participating in Council's Free Native Plants Program and which plants are available.

Planting techniques

Read tips and techniques to help your new plants establish and grow, including how to check your soil type, plant in the right spot and what to consider before you plant.

Planting in your garden

Find out the advantages of planting shade and growing food in your own garden. You can also download Council's Green Gardening in Brisbane Guide.


Harmful plants and pesticides

Some plants and chemicals that are used in household gardens that can harm people, animals and the environment. Check before you plant and find environmentally-friendly alternatives to pesticides.

Plant Disease

In December 2010, the serious plant fungal disease, myrtle rust, was identified in Queensland. Myrtle rust affects plants in the Myrtaceae family, such as eucalyptus and bottle brush plants.

It is now widely spread in South East Queensland and recent detections have been confirmed in nurseries in Cairns and Townsville.

Biosecurity Queensland (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) is responsible for eradicating myrtle rust. If you suspect myrtle rust on your property, or require further information: