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

Myrtle rust is a serious fungal disease that affects plants in the Myrtaceae family such as eucalyptus and bottle brush. First detected in Queensland in 2010 it has now spread widely across Queensland’s South East. Myrtle rust is listed in the Biosecurity Act 2014 and suspected cases should be reported to Biosecurity Queensland on Ph. 13 25 23.

There are a range of diseases and insect pests that can impact upon our garden and native plants, below area some links that can provide information to help identify what you have observed, and any reporting that may be required. Other links provide remedies or general garden hygiene practices that can reduce the spread of the infection.

Links to Information on Pests and Diseases