Why grow local plants?
It’s important to understand why it’s better to plant local plants before you start planting your garden.
The planting of non-native plants in your garden can lead to a variety of problems. Firstly, they require more water which is an increasing concern in Australia. Secondly, they require more fertiliser which enters groundwater and street drainage, contributing to toxic algal blooms in the Swan River and wetlands.
They can also become environmental weeds as they can spread into native bushland and compete with our native species.
On the other hand, native gardens will give you a colourful garden all year round, as well as reducing your water bill. Feel good about doing something for the environment and plant a native garden.