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How to Select the Right Plant

Plants are sensitive to the amount of sun and water they receive, the temperature, and the type of soil. When selecting plants it is essential to know the microclimates and soils across your site and choose plants which like those conditions. Failure to do so can be costly, as poorly selected plants usually die or have weak growth and few flowers.

Step 1 - Assess site conditions
Draw a sketch of your site showing its microclimates, environments and soil types

  • What is your local climate?
    Victorian climate zones Inland - hot summers
    Eg Mallee, Wimmera, North Country, Horsham, Mildura, Swan Hill, Echuca, Bendigo, Shepparton, Albury/Wodonga
    Highlands - frosty winters
    Eg Hamilton, Ararat, Ballarat, Kyneton, Kilmore, Mansfield, Bright, Wangaratta
    Coastal - temperate
    Eg Warrnambool, Geelong, Melbourne (most), LaTrobe Valley, Sale, East Gippsland
  • What are the microclimates and environments across your site?
    NOTE: Microclimates and environments can change dramatically even across small suburban gardens
    (Eg Exposed north or west facing sites are generally hot and dry; a southerly aspect cool and moist; buildings can create windy spots or channel cold, frosty air in winter).
    Temperature: hot, normal, cold Frost: frost free, light (-2 to -3°C), moderate (-4 to -5°C), heavy (> -6°C)
    Light: full sun, part sun, full shade Environment: salt spray, windy, bushfire prone area
    Soil moisture: dry, normal, moist, waterlogged
  • Sketch garden plan

    Example of a Site Sketch

  • What soils do you have on your site?
    NOTE: Soils too can change dramatically across small sites. (Eg Clay sub soil might have been deposited on the top soil in a section of the site during building construction; limestone might occur in a location making the soil there alkaline)
    >>Information About Soils, >>Victorian Soil Types by Region and >>Map - Surface Soil pH across Victoria
    Type: Gravel, sand, sandy loam, loam, clay loam or clay pH: Alkaline (pH greater than 7.4), neutral (pH 6.6 - 7.3)
    acid (pH less than 6.5)

Step 2 - Select plants
which suit both your garden design and site conditions

Now it's time to visit your local plant nursery. Take your site sketch with you and always read the plant labels to ensure the ones you like suit your site conditions and, when they reach maturity, will have the right size and shape.
NOTE: Most Australian native plants grow rapidly, so it is often best to buy a small plant instead of a more expensive mature plant.


Now that you are ready to plant

Australian Plant Nurseries & Services

Wimmera Native Nursery
>> Futher information

Grampians Everlastings

187 Long Gully Rd Tel 5356 6352
Pomonal Wildflower Nursery
Wildflower Drive Tel 5356 6050
Wetlands Creations
>> Further information

(Native Australian wetland plants)

South West

Codrington Nursery
>> Further information

Timandra Design & Landscaping
>> Further information

Geelong Area

Vaughan's Australian Plants
>> Further information<


Melaleuca Nursery

50 Pearsalls Rd Tel 5674 1014
>> Further information

Robert Brown

(Grafted and cutting-grown Grevilleas)

10 The Riverside Tel 5156 8956
Tambo Vale Nursery and Gardens
Princes Hwy Tel 5156 8310

Melbourne Area

Suntuff Natives
>> Further information

Sunvalley Plant Nursery
>> Further information

Mt Evelyn
Kuranga Native Nursery
>> Further information

Port Melbourne
St Kilda Indigenous Nursery Co-operative
>> Further information


Goldfields Revegetation Nursery
>> Further information

North West

Mildura Native Nursery
>> Further information


Kangaroo Island SA
Stokes Bay Bush Garden

(terrestrial orchids, rare plant seed)
Stokes Bay Rd Tel 08 8559 2244

Online Shopping

Australian Succulents
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Neil's Native Plants
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Online Native Shop
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