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!...
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 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....
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 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 Variegated - blue daisy bush
The green form of this bush is so popular, we've got a variegated one for extra interest! Long slender stems, starry purpe-blue daisy flower...
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 Broad Leaf
Fast growing, low maintenance, fire retardant, great for coastal conditions, frost and drought hardy - the whole package! Native too. Mix it...
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...
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 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...
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