288 pages, colour photos
This authoritative and practical book – written in an approachable and accessible style – focuses on growing and using native plants in the home garden. It provides expert information on the fundamentals – soils, cultivation techniques, pruning, fertilising and maintenance – and looks at different styles of garden design, using Australian plants not only for aesthetic reasons but for creating droughtproof gardens, fire resistant gardens, and environments attractive to native fauna as well. Growing your own bush foods is also covered. Highly illustrated and information-packed, The Australian Native Garden showcases some of the best designed Australian gardens and explores rural areas around Australia where indigenous species thrive in the wild, representing a fascinating source of inspiration and information...
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Angus Stewart's groundbreaking work with native plants and his appearances on ABC Radio's Weekends with Simon Marnie and ABC TV's Gardening Australia have seen him emerge as Australia's leading expert when it comes to native plants and their untapped possibilities. Creating an Australian Garden (Allen and Unwin 2010) won Book Laurel for best general gardening book at the Horticultural Media Association of Australia in 2011. Angus's other books include 500 Plants (CSIRO Publishing November 2012) and Let's Propagate (A&U February 2012).
A.B. Bishop is a qualified writer and horticulturalist. She operated her own landscaping business before landing a dream job as an ABC TV's Gardening Australia Researcher (2008-2012). In this position she was responsible for finding, researching and writing briefs for stories Australia wide. AB also offers professional gardening advice to home gardeners. She writes for The Age and for magazines including Gardening Australia, blogs about her home garden experiences at kggarden.com and is also a monthly guest on the 3CR gardening program. AB worked with Angus Stewart as researcher on Creating an Australian Garden.