Bringing back biodiversity

Use these planting guides to create a healthy, attractive garden using native plants that thrive in our local conditions. Each guide offers inspirational garden designs, with step-by-step advice on sourcing, planting and caring for native local plants.

Then take a look at Creating a wildlife friendly garden which shows you how to create habitat to attract native animals into your backyard.

More gardening tips

The Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board coordinates urban biodiversity conservation planning and action on public and private land across the region, including:

  • identifying areas of high conservation significance and planning for protection work
  • implementing on-ground restoration projects
  • providing education, training and resources to improve biodiversity conservation practices
  • raising awareness and understanding of the importance of biodiversity.

Backyards for wildlife

Native plants are attractive, with various shapes, colours and densities, and with the right species you can have a flowering garden all year round. They are easy to grow and are better for the environment, providing habitat for native birds, butterflies and lizards. They are also naturally adapted to suit our conditions, being low maintenance, drought tolerant, requiring minimal water and no fertilisers or pesticides.

Find out which plants are best suited to your locality by using this plant selector. Or use the Backyards for Wildlife native plant species charts to find the original vegetation association master lists for your area. You can find a local native plant grower from this Native plant nurseries list.

Also check out which garden plants to avoid using our environmental weeds brochure.

Further information

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