6 native plants that are easy to grow in your Geraldton garden and look great

1. Pink Poker Grevilleas

Years ago I found this species when seed picking in the bush slightly south of Kalbarri. This local native is not only a picture to have in the landscape but drought hardy, a great low windbreak and wonderfully attractive to birds. These magnificent plants are now available in 3 litre white bags. 

Grevillea petrophiliodes

Grevillea petrophiliodes

2. Green Humming Bird Shrub

I have been waiting for this wonderful little shrub from the Carnarvon and Exmouth sand dunes to flower. They are in tubes and are fast growing. And beginning to flower...

Crotalaria cunninghamii

Crotalaria cunninghamii

3. Painted Marianthus

This versatile hardy local plant is traditionally a shrub but can easily be trained up a fence to put on a stunning show. Low water, low maintenance and highly adaptable to our changing seasons. 

Marianthus bicolor

Marianthus bicolor

4. Honey Myrtle

Breathtaking! I love the flowering intensity of this plant. It grows well in most soil types, occurs naturally on breakaway country and is wonderfully hardy. I saw these plants flowering yesterday growing without irrigation on a rural property in Waggrakine.

Melaleuca filifolia

Melaleuca filifolia

5. Tennis Ball Pink Passionfruit

Ok, so this one's actually native to Brazil. But it grows brilliantly here. It is not grafted so no rootstock to take over and dominate the vine. It has a sensational flavour, the perfect acid to sweet combination. My favourite variety for the Geraldton area. Check out its size next to the tennis ball.

6. Moresby Range Mallees

The Moresby Range mallees are small, tough and quaint. We have a selection of species for different soil types including this special sandplain Eucalyptus species. (Eucalyptus eudesmoides

Mallee means a multiple stemmed Gum tree. This photo is of the original mallee from the sandplains throughout the Waggrakine, Moresby and Park Falls areas. They don't all have multiple stems initially but if damaged by fire or rabbits will reshoot with multiple trunks. Mallee roots are famous for their high quality firewood and artistic tabletops.

Eucalyptus eudesmoides

Eucalyptus eudesmoides

Put together by Julie Firth from The Drylands Permaculture Nursery. You can purchase all of the above plus lots more from The Drylands Permaculture Nursery. 

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Customer quote of the year:  "This place is Geraldton's best kept secret!" 

Who are we: We are a group of passionate skilled workers and volunteers who want to inspire you to connect with your land and plants. There are so many wonderful things to discover. Our nursery has evolved within The Drylands Permaculture Farm which has been up and running for 25 years and holds a wealth of experience to share. 

Buy: We sell plants (lots of local gums and native wildflower shrubs) along with a range of edible and utility species, heirloom seeds, honey, eggs and seasonal garden produce. 

Our plants, organic seeds and produce are all grown and produced at the farm. We take great pride in our work of which you will see reflected in our edible landscape and the quality of our plants and produce.

Our Nursery Spring specials have commenced this year, so keep a look out as there are some great offers up for grabs. Print our voucher and bring it with you for an additional discount.  

Learn: The Drylands Permaculture Nursery is much more than just a nursery. We are nestled in amongst the Drylands Permaculture Farm’s demonstration site which is a unique space illustrating practical features of sustainable landscape design in drylands regions. 

Having been here for quarter of a century sets us apart from other nurseries as it has allowed us time to observe how well plants have grown throughout various suburbs and areas of the Midwest which means we can confidently recommend plants for your place. We offer trusted advice and guidance on how to get started, along with the right plant species and their care. 

For those that want to learn more about plants and permaculture, ask about our hands-on volunteer positions and training along with work experience opportunities.

Support: Donate $25.00 to our Drylands Foundation community projects and you’ll receive a personal supporter’s card.  With this you’ll receive premium service and garden advice along with a variety of other benefits such as discounts, 1st options on specials, events and workshop placements.

Come out and experience our nursery. 

During the week you can meet Annie (Lyn’s Joey) and Yellow (our Muscovy). See you soon!