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.
Speckled succulent with sharp slender leaves. It's new so we don't know how big this one gets - grow it and let us know!
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...
Crassula Emerald - succulent
Tiny neat interlocked rosettes of deep green leaves grow in clusters, spreading to form little families. When it's mature and happy you'll g...
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 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 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. Sweet-scented cream flowers, glossy leaves with...
Elaeocarpus Prima Donna
Stunning native rainforest tree with soft pink flowers and outstanding evergreen foliage, bronze when new. Smaller tree to 4-5m on average, ...
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 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...
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
See-through succulent with fat leaves like a bunch of grapes. Easy care, unusual. The translucent areas increase the light getting to the ce...
Kalanchoe Quicksilver - succulent
Beautiful silver-leaf compact succulent, leaves have a wine-purple tint in sun. Small lilac flowers appear in late winter. Likes it hot and ...
Magnolia Little Gem
Deep glossy large leaves with a rich tan underside. Large white scented flowers. This evergreen tree is always so popular with our customers...
Mazus Fairy Dust
Fast-growing resilient little groundcover, flowering for six months of the year and tolerant of being walked on. Plant it between paving, in...
Myoporum Fine Leaf
Native low ground cover, will spread outwards to around 3m but never more than 30cm high. Creeping boobialla forms a thick mat of fine folia...
Myoporum parvifolium purpurea
Native low ground cover, purple creeping boobialla forms a dense mat of fine-leaved purple foliage, dotted with white flowers in spring-autu...
Nerium Dwarf Apricot - oleander
Attractive evergreen mediterranean shrub suited to warm climates. Use in tropical garden settings for abundant flowering colour and dense he...
Photinia Glabra Rubens
Ruby red new leaves and glossy dark green mature foliage make this a lovely shrub, hedge or screening plant. Clip to shape regularly for max...
Photinia Pink Marble
A colourful twist on one of our most popular hedging plants. Pink Marble photinia is everything we love about Red Robin and more! It's ha...
Photinia Red Robin
Always a popular favourite with our customers. Bright red new foliage and glossy green mature leaves make a lovely hedge, shrub or specimen ...
Strelitzia reginae - bird of paradise
Unmistakable in flower, this dramatic landscaping plant is tough and hardier than its tropical looks suggest. Bird-like bright orange blooms...
Strelitzia reginae Mandela's Gold
Rare flowering form of bird of paradise with brilliant yellow bird-like flowers. Hardy landscaping plant for almost any garden, plant them p...
Syzygium Aussie Compact - lilly pilly
Good tough fast grower to 3m, compact, tightly-growing with a reddish bronze tinge when young. Excellent for topiary - clip to shape to enco...
Syzygium Baby Boomer - lilly pilly
Neat growing lilly pilly, perfect hedge and screening plant, ideal for topiary too. Bursts into flushes of bronze coloured new growth after ...
© 2013 -
Australian Plants Online
A.B.N 55 128 854 893