Maddy (madddy) wrote in aussie_garden,
Maddy
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Plant Suggestion Help!

Ok.
I recently got a new house, quite a few acres.. lots of room to play with.
However, the soil isn't that great, and there is very very little water.
I'm in Queensland, near Esk, around 1 hour from Brisbane city.
Winters are freezing, summers are boiling.
The area I'm trying to design is in full sun all day, but I can have man made shade if totally necessary.
My colour scheme is greens, deep purples, deep reds etc.
I'd like to have bird attracting species, butterflies.. that kind of thing.
I'd like some flowers, but don't mind if some are just nice leafy plants.

So basically I'm looking for names of plants, trees, shrubs, whatever that would suit the above.
I have no problem with slow growing trees, as I own this property and don't plan on moving for a very long period of time.

Any help is greatly appreciated!
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Lucky you to have your own place!
Have you tried asking on http://www.au.gardenweb.com/
It needs work, but lucky I am :)
And thanks! I didn't know that existed!
The people there are very friendly and should be able to steer you in the right direction.

Good luck with the garden, do post pics (the community is very quiet)
the only thing i can recommend off hand would be succulents, since they love sun and grow well in dry conditions.

but if you're looking for advice on working with what you've got, i recommend "intimate secrets of a flambouyant gardener" by babs corbett. it's all about the different gardens she's created over the years in different locations and has lots of info about plant types and general tips.
There's a book out called "wild plants of greater Brisbane", buplished by Brisbane city coucil. It should give you a clue about some native plants that will suit your conditions (I know you're not quite greater Brisbane, but some of the dry tolerant veg will be ok.). The best bit is the book lists what animals are attracted to each plant, so you'll get a good idea of what you can plant to get the birds and butterflies in.

Sorry for tha late comment!
Thanks!
I'll check that out :)