Many people hold back from growing native plants and prefer to grow roses or other traditional (imported) species of flowers. I've always been puzzled by their reasons for this, as Australian native plants are every bit as colourful and attractive as any imported plant.
the low water requirements for nearly all Australian natives
they are low maintenance
they attract and support our local birds and wildlife
they are easier to grow than exotic species
they're cheap and easily to find
It makes me wonder why people even bother with imported species of plants - nearly all the plants in my garden are natives, and they bring a brilliant colour display right throughout the year. I never fertilise them and rarely water them, and they have to put up with some vigorous treatment by dogs, too.
Every year I look forward to the Native Plants Sale and Flower Display at the Adelaide Showgrounds in Wayville, when the Australian Plants Society of SA holds their annual plants sale. It's a cheap and easy way to fill the vacant or bare spots in your garden.
All plants on sale are South Australian grown and suitable to our own unique climate. Willing volunteers are on hand to help guide you to choose the right plant for your garden, so you won't suddenly find a 30 metre tall tree raising your roof. If you have very specific needs you can even use the APSQuery program to let you select exactly the plant you need, based on a huge variety of criteria such as height, foliage style and colour, flower colour, soil type and water requirements.
Plants at the Australian Native Plants Sale only cost a few dollars and plenty of free advice is available on the day including free talks and demonstrations to help you make the most of your garden, and free soil pH testing if you need it. Of course there will be children's activities, too, so don't forget to bring them.
When I've bought plants from here in the past, I have found that they need minimum support other than to get through their first hot summer. After that I sometimes prune them after a year or two to keep their shape, otherwise I simply enjoy them.
Entry to the Australian Native Plants Sale costs $3, just follow the signs from the Rose Terrace entrance if you're coming by car.