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spacer Quote: Here you will find information sheets that will help you make more educated decisions about how to tackle certain scenarios that arise when caring for your Flora for Fauna Garden.
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Flora for Fauna Information Sheets:
If your soil is sandy...

Information courtesy of:

Kuranga Native Nursery,
393 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood

Some plants are particularly suited to growing in sandy soils. Some plants may tolerate dry conditions, whilst other may need some watering over summer.

The addition of well-rotted compost or well-aged animal manure improves the moisture-holding qualities of the sand. This will encourage worms and continue to break-down and improve the soil, and also help prevent the soil from drying out. Only aged manures should be used.

Using organic mulches on the surface, or soil wetter, will help retain moisture as the surface of sandy soils tends to dry out and repel water rather than soaking it in.

The following Flora for Fauna plants will grow especially well in sandy soils and coastal environments. You should also ask your local Flora for Fauna Nursery for advice.


  • Silver Wattle
  • Flinders Range Wattle
  • Salty She-Oak
  • Drooping She- Oak
  • Cats Paw
  • Kangaroo Paw
  • Red & Green Kangaroo Paw
  • Kangaroo Paw
  • Native Dutchman's Pipe
  • Midyim, Midgers Berry
  • Wallum Banksia
  • Banksia Burgundy or Heath Banksia
  • Heath Banksia
  • Coast Banksia
  • Prostrate Coast Banksia
  • Silver Banksia
  • Orange Banksia, Acorn Banksia
  • Creeping Banksia
  • Swamp Banksia
  • Saw Leaf Banksia
  • Sand Bottlebrush
  • Sweet Apple Berry
  • Red Biillardiera
  • Common Appleberry
  • Soft water fern
  • Sunset Serenade
  • Native Daisy
  • Swan River Pea
  • Sweet Bursaria, Prickin Box Blackthorn
  • Callistemon 'Captain Cook'
  • Callistemon citrinus 'Angela'
  • Callistemon citrinus 'Endevour'
  • Callistemon citrinus 'White Ice'
  • Callistemon 'Dawson River Weeper'
  • Callistemon 'Demesne Prestige Pink'
  • Callistemon 'Kings Park Special'
  • Callistemon 'Lavender Showers'
  • Callistemon 'Tinaroo Dazzler'
  • Callistemon 'Taree Pink'
  • Callistemon speciosus
  • Callistemon 'Eureka'- violet rose form
  • Southern Cypress-pine
  • One-sided Bottlebrush
  • Canirium australisicum
  • Darwin Palm
  • Coastal She-oak
  • Geraldton Wax
  • Heart-leaved Flame Pea
  • Golden Buttons
  • Old man's beard
  • Small-leaf clematis
  • Pink Thryptomene
  • Thryptomene
  • Rock thryptomene
  • Golden Feather Flower
  • Ellendale
  • Grevillea spp.
  • Byfield Grevillea
  • Spider Flower
  • Yanchep Bell
  • Red Pokers
  • Pin-cushion Hakea
  • Pin-cushion Hakea
  • Nettle bush
  • Native wisteria Native Lilac, Wild Sarsapirllia
  • Happy Wanderer
  • Native Lilac
  • Snake Bush
  • Snake Vine
  • Star Guinea Flower
  • Common Waxflower, Native Hoya
  • White Myrtle
  • Knobby Club-Rush
  • Black coral Pea
  • Running Postman
  • Scarlet kunzea
  • Muntries or Muntenberry
  • Leptospermum 'Horizontalis'
  • Silky Tea-tree
  • Weeping-tree
  • Lemon Scented Teatree
  • Grey cottonheads
  • Native Fuchsia
  • Salmon Correa
  • Common Correa - Prostrate
  • Native Fuchsia
  • Brown Laurel
  • Lemon Scent Grass
  • Dampiera diversifolia
  • Blue Eyes
  • Common Wallaby Grass
  • Wallaby Grass
  • Flax-Lily or Paroo Lily
  • Spreading Flax-Lilly
  • Flax Lilly
  • Tasman Flax-lily
  • Gymea Lily
  • Cascade of Stars
  • Silver Princess
  • Broad-leaved peppermint
  • Red capped gum - Illyarie
  • Red flowering gum
  • SA Blue Gum
  • Large fruited white gum - Blue Gum
  • Swamp Bloodwood/Gove Gum
  • Wandoo
  • Weeping fig
  • Red Fruited Saw Sedge
  • Native Fuchsia
  • Grevillea Superb
  • Grevillea Honey Gem
  • Grevillea 'Sunset Bronze'
  • Grevillea 'John Evans'
  • Grevillea Splendour
  • Grevillea Scarlet Sprite Evergreen
  • Grevillea Misty Pink
  • Grevillea 'Kay Williams'
  • Bank's Grevillia
  • Grevillea crithmifolia
  • Grevillea 'Firesprite'
  • Grevillea 'Austraflora Bon Accord'
  • Lavender Grevillea
  • Grevillea 'Simply Sarah'
  • Grevillea 'Elegance'
  • 'Gin Gin' Grevillea
  • Gin Gin Gem form
  • Olive Leaf Grevillea
  • Grevillea 'Sylvia'
  • Grevillea 'Poorinda Royal Mantle'
  • Fern Leaved Grevillea
  • Grevillea 'Robyn Gordon'
  • Grevillea 'Sandra Gordon'
  • "Teaspray" or Gilt Dragon
  • Spider Net Grevillea 'Guilt Dragon'
  • Grass Tree
  • Violet Westringia
  • Beard Heath
  • Cabbage Palm
  • Brush Box
  • Nardoo
  • Rainbow Nardoo
  • SiIver leafed paperbark
  • Corkwood
  • Weeping Grass, Meadow Rice Grass
  • Native Wisteria
  • Mimusops elengi
  • Creeping Boobialla, Dwarf Native Myrtle
  • Sticky Boobyalla
  • Spiral Screw Palm
  • Wonga Vine
  • Purple Flags
  • Yellow FlameTree
  • Native Apricot
  • Tussock Grass
  • Pongamia pinnata
  • Psychotria loniceroides
  • Tassel Cord Rush
  • Paper Cascade
  • Everlasting
  • Red bush apple
  • Tamarind
  • Cockies Tongue
  • Terminalia sericocarpa
  • Kangaroo Grass

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Kangaroo Paws are well suited to sandy soils














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