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 Galaxy - succulent
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!...
Hardy native groundcover plant perfect for borders, rockeries, underplanting, hanging baskets, window boxes. Fine ferny foliage and cute lil...
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....
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 Dick's Pink - succulent
We'll be honest, our nursery manager chose this for the name... but what a stunner it is! Crinkly-crunkly leaves shading to deep rosy pink a...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Nerium Dwarf Apricot - oleander
Attractive evergreen mediterranean shrub suited to warm climates. Use in tropical garden settings for abundant flowering colour and dense he...
Nerium variegated - oleander
Low maintenance, high impact shrub for hot,dry, tough situations. Bright gold-yellow foliage makes a vibrant contrast to the flowers and to ...
Photinia Burgundy Beauty
Bigger leaves, brighter glowing new foliage makes Burgundy Beauty a very eye-catching hedge or feature shrub. It certainly stands out in our...
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 ...
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 Bush Christmas - lilly pilly
Stunning orange-crimson new growth and glossy foliage on this compact, dense-growing variety. Fine small leaf, excellent for clipping, hedgi...
Syzygium Cheetah - lilly pilly
Fast growing - hence the name, with bronze-red new growth after pruning. Small white flowers followed by pink berries to attract wildlife. G...
Syzygium Elite - lilly pilly
Gently weeping branches and a dense growth habit with orange-bronze coloured new growth. One of the best for topiary and hedges to 5m tall. ...
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