Native Gardens

The City supports the use of local native plant species in residential gardens and public landscapes. Native gardens not only look beautiful, but also help to provide habitat and food for wildlife, use less water once established than most introduced species, and have a reduced risk of invading bushland areas.

CAN025Aniseed Boronia (Boronia crenulata)

Nowadays, there is an array of native plants available from specialised nurseries to help you establish your own native garden. The first step to establishing a native garden is to assess the landscape features of your garden including soil type, topography, shade and water availability. Take note of all these factors as these will influence the type of plants appropriate for certain areas of your garden. The second step is to visualise the appearance of your garden. Consider using plants of different growth forms (e.g. climbers, creepers, shrubs, herbs or trees), heights and colours to add interest and structural diversity to your garden. Gardens with greater structural diversity are more inviting to our native wildlife such as dragonflies, birds, lizards, frogs and maybe even small marsupials. You can make your garden more wildlife friendly by installing bird baths, ponds, logs, and nesting boxes.

Specialised nurseries are able to direct you to the right plants for your garden. For a start, you may wish to consider the plants listed below, all of which can be found locally in the City of Canning's bushland, river or wetland environments.

Jarrah – Eucalyptus marginata
Marri - Corymbia calophylla

Small trees:
Firewood Banksia - Banksia menziesii
Slender Banksia - Banksia attenuata

Aniseed Boronia - Boronia crenulata
Honey Bush - Hakea lissocarpha
Swan River Myrtle - Hypocalymma robustum

Grey cottonhead - Conostylis candicans
Purple flag - Patersonia occidentalis

Bare Twigrush - Baumea juncea
Pale Rush – Juncus pallidus
Sea Rush - Juncus kraussii

Climbers & creepers:
Native Wisteria - Hardenbergia comptoniana
Scarlett Runner - Kennedia prostrata
Snake Bush - Hemiandra pungens

For further information, download the Grow Local Plants Brochure for your suburb:

pdfCentral: Bentley, Canning Vale, Ferndale (part), Leeming, Lynwood, Parkwood, Riverton, Rossmoyne, Shelley, St James, Welshpool (part), Willetton and Wilson (part) or

pdfEast Coastal: Cannington, East Cannington, Queens Park, Wilson (part), Ferndale (part) and Welshpool (part)

COMING SOON, plants to avoid using in your garden:

  • Common Garden escapees in the City of Canning – brochure