Australian rainforest plants are beautiful, versatile, require little maintenance and can be grown in gardens from Hobart to Darwin! The ideal rainforest garden appeals to all the senses. Many rainforest plants have spectacularly beautiful and fragrant flowers. Lush foliage offers shade, form and year-round visual interest. These rich biological systems also attract birds, butterflies and frogs that produce a distinctive cacophony. The diversity of plants available are suitable for cool climate, seaside, inland and courtyard gardens, to be used as feature plants, hedges, borders and in pots. Demanding only moderate amounts of water, they are often less prone to pests and diseases and require less maintenance than many exotics. A special chapter on 100 favourite plants will help gardeners select beautiful and suitable specimens for the home garden. This book shows you how to turn your garden into a cool, green haven and to transform our suburban landscape into something distinctively Australian.
Ralph Bailey is an award winning landscape architect and has over 30 years experience with Australian plants. He has written numerous articles on rainforest plants, bush tucker and ecologically sensitive design and is the author of "Perfumed and Aromatic Australian Plants". Julie Lake is a horticultural writer and consultant and also lectures on rainforest plant identification. She is the author of "Gardening in a Hot Climate" and is a regular contributor to Australian gardening and horticultural magazines.