Create your own wild native garden

Did you know that autumn is the best time of year to create a new garden at your place? 

Whether you’re refreshing some old garden beds, planting a new space or building a balcony oasis — this is the optimal season for soil temperature and enriching rains that help new plants establish before summer comes again. 

But before you head out to choose your new botanicals, you should consider native and indigenous flora. Here’s why:

  • Year round florals — don’t wait for spring to brighten up your space with colourful flowers. There are many native plants you can choose that will let you enjoy blooms all year round.
  • The easy option — flora that is indigenous to where you live is perfectly designed to survive the cold winters, hot summers and periods of drought that often occur in our climate. Native and indigenous plants also aren’t bothered by a short haircut, so you don’t have to be nervous about pruning them back. If you are a forgetful waterer or have seen too many plants wilt in the cold weather, then choose to plant resilient indigenous flora instead.
  • Wildlife wonders — by choosing indigenous or native flora for your garden you are helping our wildlife thrive with their ideal food and shelter. Your new garden might start to be visited by butterflies, bees, dragonflies, wattle birds, magpies, parrots, rosellas, finches, frogs, lizards, geckos and even possums and bats.

At the City of Melbourne we love our native flora and fauna so much we have a whole program dedicated to building wildlife friendly spaces in our community — and you can be part of it.

Register for our Gardens for Wildlife program and you’ll have access to one of our expert volunteer garden guides who will advise you on how you can best use indigenous or native flora to create an incredible green space. 

We will also give you vouchers to get 10 new tubestock plants for free from Westgate Biodiversity: Billi Nursery. The first 20 applicants before 30 June will be offered double vouchers for 20 free plants.

Anyone that is a resident or owner of a property in the City of Melbourne can apply — no matter the size or function of your space, our expert garden guides can help you create something special.

To request a visit, fill out our Gardens for Wildlife form.