about this blog

I started this blog in 2008. It started mainly as a way of tracking the evolution of my dry garden, and that led to an interest in photography and in the creatures that live in the garden. It's still about the garden and wildlife, but now my passion is thinking about how we humans can learn to co-exist with wild animals and plants, especially in urban areas.

plant list - the best of the best

These are the plants that have thrived on the tough-love regime. They meet my welcome criteria for plants: extremely low water requirements, fitting in with other plants to form pleasing garden pictures and providing food and shelter for wildlife. 

Like the garden, this page will never be finished. 

Trees, large shrubs

Acacia implexa, Lightwood

Banksia marginata, Silver Banksia

Bursaria Spinosa, Sweet Bursaria, Prickly Box

Correa reflexa, Common Correa, Native Fuschia

Pittosporum tenuifolium

Romneya coulteri, Californian Tree Poppy

Small, medium shrubs

Asparagus densiflorus 'Myersii', Foxtail Fern

Dodonaea viscosa, Hop Bush

Indigofera australis, Australian Indigo

Lavendula dentata, French Lavender

Liriope muscarii Evergreen Giant

Myoporum viscosum, Sticky Boobialla

Nepeta Six Hills Giant, Catmint

Pelargonium Grossularioides, Coconut Geranium

Salvia berggarten, Broadleaf Sage

Spyridium vexilliferum Fine Leaf Form


Dichondra microcalyx - Kidney Weed

Erigeron karvinskianus - Seaside Daisy

Geranium incanum

Nepeta 'Walkers Low' - Catmint

Origanum vulgare - Oregano 

Stachys lanata - Lambs Ears


Dianella caerulea - Dianella Cassa Blue

Lomandra confertifolia - Lomandra Little Con

Lomandra longifolia

Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nanus' - Dwarf Mondo Grass

Poa poiformis

Poa labillardieri, Common Tussock Grass

Poa sieberiana, Tussock Grass


Lonicera x americana, American Honeysuckle

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