Here are the top 500 Australian plants worthy of garden space as selected by ABC Tv's Gardening Australia presenter, Angus Stewart. These are the tried and tested popular cultivars, the ones that won't easily die on you and are easily available from your average garden centre.
Over the last few decades, the native plants that had been looked on by generations of
Australian gardeners as inferior and drab are now being viewed more positively. Many gardeners now see the opportunity to introduce a sense of place to their landscape and to link it with the indigenous landscape.
Improved cultivars, a better palette of plants to use in garden design and a new-found pride in the classic shapes, forms and textures of many of the wild species of Banksias, Grevilleas, Eucalypts and Wattles have opened the eyes of many gardeners.
Fully illustrated throughout and filled with handy top ten purpose-driven lists, 500 Plants collects Angus's favourites in his journey through the world of Australian plants. There is something in this book for every Australian climate and major soil type, a must read for any keen Australian gardener.