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.
Agave geminiflora - succulent
Very architectural feature plant for containers, desert gardens, waterwise planting. Loves full sun, will grow in full shade; cold tolerant ...
Aloe Pink Blush - succulent
Unusually-coloured compact aloe with striking pink-peach-sand leaves in a rosette. Easy care, compact, ideal indoor or waterwise garden plan...
Aloe White Beauty - succulent
Cheeky little aloe, minty-green in colour maturing to silvery-grey, pixellated with white. Easy care, compact, ideal indoor or waterwise gar...
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 Buddha’s Temple - succulent
Very distinctive succulent, like towers of stacked dishes (or indeed a Buddhist pagoda), geometric and mathematical. We know you'll love thi...
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 Ben Badis - succulent
Neat rounded teacup rosettes of greyish-green leaves, each tipped with blood red. Vibrant little orange flowers on long stems when the plant...
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 Bloody Maria - succulent
Shaded maroon-grey leaves and neat rosette shapes make this easy-care succulent a treat for terrariums and indoor gardens, as well as waterw...
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 Cante - succulent
Stunning larger succulent, silvery blue new leaves develop a hint of pink as they mature, in bright light. Elegant rosette shape for plantin...
Echeveria Fire and Ice - succulent
Large open succulent with interestly rippled leaves rimmed in red, like it's wearing lipstick for a special event. The colour deepens in sum...
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...
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...
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