Out of the thousands of Australian plants worthy of
garden space, here are the top 500, as edited and selected by Angus Stewart. These are the
tried and tested, the popular cultivars, the ones that won't turn up their
heels and die on you - and are available commercially.
the last few decades, the native plants that had been looked on by generations
of Australian gardeners as inferior and drab are now being viewed in a
different light. Many gardeners now see the opportunity to introduce a sense of
place to their landscape to link it with the indigenous landscape. Improved
cultivars, a better palette of plants to use in garden design, and a new-found
pride in the classic shapes, forms and textures of many of the wild species of
Banksias, Grevilleas, Gum Trees and Wattles have opened the eyes of many
illustrated throughout and filled with handy top 10 purpose-driven lists, 500
Plants collects Angus's favourites in his journey through the world of
Australian plants. Some are relatively new cultivars, others are old
favourite wild species; there is something in this book for every Australian
climate and major soil type.