Urban biodiversity

"As seen on Channel 9’s In the Garden"

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.

In the Garden with Kim Syrus is locally produced and this episode highlights the reasons and explains why keeping SA’s unique environment free of imported pests, diseases and invasive plants is so important and how we can all play our part.

Airs 4:30 pm Sundays on Channel 9, WIN and Southern Cross regionally, and nationally on 9Life.

More gardening tips

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges coordinates urban biodiversity conservation planning and action on public and private land across metropolitan Adelaide, 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.

Two booklets can help you create a healthy, attractive garden using native plants that thrive in our local conditions:

Each guide offers great garden designs to inspire with step-by-step advice on sourcing, planting and caring for native local plants.

To complement these booklets is the Creating a wildlife friendly garden booklet which describes how to create habitat to attract native animals into your backyard.

Find out which plants are best suited to your suburb by using this plant selector. You can find a local native plant grower from this Native plant nurseries list. Also check out which garden plants to avoid using the AMLR environmental weeds brochure.

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We can provide financial and technical advice to community groups, industry, individuals, councils and schools for biodiversity projects. For more information, please contact us.


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