Bushfires are terrifying and unpredictable - and all organic material has the potential to burn in a bushfire. But you can plan your garden to be more fire safe through the plants you choose.
Fire retardant plants can absorb some of the heat, trap embers and sparks, and reduce wind speed, slowing the fire down.
Plants with thick, fleshy leaves, like
, and plants with large glossy leaves, have more moisture content and are less flammable than hard, thin, or needle-like leaves.
Smooth bark produces less dry debris than stringybark or paperbark. Native trees with lots of oils are very flammable, so plant eucalypts, tea trees and bottlebrush away from the house in fire-risk areas. Same goes for aromatic conifers and woody herbs.
A tidy garden will be a safer garden. Prune dead branches, clear up debris, and sweep up fallen leaves.
Aloe vera - succulent
Renowned for its healing properties, especially for soothing burns on the skin. Instead of expensive gels, you can break off a small piece o...
Brachyscome Break of Day
Vibrant dark purple-lavender daisy flowers in spring, above a fine ferny green lowgrowing groundcover, ideal for rockeries and mixed borders...
Hardy native groundcover plant perfect for borders, rockeries, underplanting, hanging baskets, window boxes. Fine ferny foliage and cute lil...
Brachyscome multifida Pink
Cute pink native daisy flowers burst in spring above a fine-leaved rambling groundcover. Easygoing in most soil types, even coastal gardens....
Carpobrotus - pigface, iceplant
Bright native groundcover flowering succulent familiar to anyone in coastal Queensland. Excellent for rockeries, dry poor soils, waterwise g...
Crassula dubia - succulent
Fat-leaved grey succulent that looks like little stacked spoons. Clumps up into a lovely plant for indoors or outside in a xeriscape garden....
Cupaniopsis - tuckeroo
Beautiful rounded street/feature tree has non invasive roots and is native to Australia. It's hardy, tolerates frost and drought once est...
Echeveria Black Knight - succulent
Green-black rosettes, leaves like short swords in contrast to the round rosettes of Black Prince. Colour deepens in sunlight but happy growi...
Echeveria Black Prince - succulent
Dark bronze-brown compact succulent - easy-care indoor or outdoor plant and a great contrast planted alongside silver-blue succulents. ...
Echeveria Blue Curls - succulent
Like a catwalk cabbage, this succulent is a rosette of frilly blue-grey leaves, shading to purple at the edges and mint-green in the centre....
Echeveria Morning Beauty - succulent
Compact blue-pink-silver succulent with symmetrical leaf arrangement and lovely colouring. Easy-care houseplant or for frost-free gardens. M...
Echeveria Shamrock - succulent
Forty shades of green in this super-neat succulent, very round and regular rosettes each leaf of which is delicately edged in soft red. Simp...
Echeveria Star Green - succulent
Neat deep green star that will grow happily on a windowsill or in a waterwise garden. Easy care low maintenance succulent that will flower w...
Beloved beautiful native quandong tree, very disease resistant and needs little maintenance. Stunning bronze new leaf colour and elegant sha...
Felicia Mauve Cloud - blue daisy bush
Usually evergreen in most Australian gardens, it rarely gets bigger than a metre around and is adorned with daisy blooms throughout spring a...
Ficus Green Island
Drought tolerant, salt-tolerant, low maintenance, slow-growing, compact evergreen grow-anywhere plant. Takes clipping well -great for hedgin...
Ficus hillii Emerald
Dense fast-growing evergreen hedging plant, that can also be trained as an elegant 'lollipop' standard tree for formal garden styles and ind...
Ficus pumila - creeping fig
Fast to establish and ideal for covering unsightly surfaces, this fig will soon give you a green living wall. Take care when planting on pai...
Ficus pumila Minima - creeping fig
Just as vigorous and densely covering as creeping fig, with super-small leaves that give a neat flat texture like fish scales. Evergreen, wi...
Haworthia chalwini - succulent
Long stems clothed with leaves interlocked like a dragon's tail. Easy to look after, an unusual addition to your waterwise garden.
Haworthia retusa duval - succulent
Easy-care lowgrowing succulent with dark green fat see-through leaves. The translucent areas increase the light getting to the centre of the...
Haworthia Twister - succulent
Twisting by the pool, on the deck, or beside the front door - this spiral-leaved succulent is happy so long as it's in sunshine and free-dra...
Kalanchoe Freedom Bells - succulent
Easycare succulent for baskets, windowboxes, and other places it can show off its semi-trailing habit. Abundant red bell flowers in winter-s...
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