During the landscape design process talk to our designers about attracting native wildlife to your garden. To encourage local wildlife, consider planting native plants that provide food, shelter, and habitat for various species. Here are some native plants commonly found in Melbourne that can attract wildlife:

1. Kangaroo Paw (Anigozanthos spp.)

Kangaroo Paw is a striking plant with unique flowers that resemble kangaroo paws. The nectar-rich blooms attract native birds, such as honeyeaters and lorikeets.

2. Grevilleas (Grevillea spp.)

Grevilleas are a diverse group of plants with a wide range of flower colors and shapes. They produce nectar-rich flowers that attract various birds, including honeyeaters, lorikeets, and wrens.

3. Banksias (Banksia spp.)

Banksias are iconic Australian plants known for their distinctive cone-shaped flower heads. They are a valuable food source for honeyeaters, wattlebirds, and other nectar-feeding birds.

4. Bottlebrushes (Callistemon spp.)

Bottlebrushes are well-known for their vibrant, brush-like flower spikes that attract birds, especially honeyeaters and lorikeets.

5. Lomandras (Lomandra spp.)

Lomandras are native grass-like plants that provide cover and habitat for small animals, including insects and lizards.

6. Correas (Correa spp.)

Correas, also known as Australian fuchsias, produce bell-shaped flowers that attract honeyeaters and other nectar-feeding birds.

7. Dianellas (Dianella spp.)

Dianellas, commonly known as flax lilies, produce berries that are a food source for birds and other wildlife.

8. Melaleucas (Melaleuca spp.)

Melaleucas, also called paperbarks, offer shelter and nesting sites for birds and attract nectar-feeding species.

9. Kangaroo Grass (Themeda triandra)

Kangaroo Grass is a native grass species that provides seeds and shelter for birds, insects, and small mammals.

10. Tree Ferns (Dicksonia antarctica)

Tree ferns create a lush and shady environment, attracting various insects and providing shelter for birds and small animals.

When planting native species to attract wildlife, consider grouping plants with similar water and sun requirements to create microhabitats that support different species. Talk to our construction team about the position of water sources, such as small ponds, and avoid using harmful pesticides that could negatively impact the wildlife you’re trying to attract.

Remember to choose plants that are native to your specific region in Melbourne, as different areas may have distinct native species. Consulting with Maroondah Landscapes can help you select the best native plants for your garden to attract and support native wildlife.