Australian Plants for UK gardens: Recreate the Outback in Your Garden

You may be surprised to hear that it is relatively easy and hassle-free to bring the Outback out-back!

Eucalyptus Trees - fine example of Australian Plants for UK gardens.
Eucalyptus Trees – fine example of Australian Plants for UK gardens.

Australia and the UK have a long history and one of the closest international relationships in existence. The two countries work well together, and believe it or not, the same can be said for Australian plants and the UK climate. The Aussie landscape is rugged, natural-looking and full of diverse plants. If you prefer a more open garden style that looks as though it just ‘happens’ to look wildly tropical then we suggest adding some Australian plants and trees. Who knows you may even recreate an Australian oasis that is worthy of a Royal Family visit…

Here are a few best picks of Australian garden plants from the Paramount Plants Australian collection:

Eucalyptus Glaucescens
A small to medium-sized evergreen tree that is widespread across the plains and slopes of Tasmania in Australia. Some Eucalyptus Trees have attractive bark or clusters of delicate white, yellow, or red flowers. Eucalyptus Trees are hardy to withstand the colder UK climate. The foliage is highly aromatic when crushed and silvery blue in colour.
Eucalyptus is infamous for being the only food that Koala bears eat – unfortunately we can’t include a Koala with your purchase, but your garden should be Aussie enough with one of these fragrant trees! See more of our Eucalyptus Trees here.

Eucalyptus Glaucescens Trees
Eucalyptus Glaucescens Trees – Australian Plants for UK gardens

Dicksonia Antarctica
A Queensland native this evergreen tree fern is probably the best known tree fern for growing in the UK. This large and robust tree likes rainfall and moist areas which no doubt explains why it does so well over here too!
Include this grand tree fern in your garden design for an impressive flourish to your very own Oz land. More information on & pics of Dicksonia Antarctica

Australian Plants for UK gardens:  tree ferns, looking gorgeous nestled among the Japanese Acers
Australian Plants for UK gardens: tree ferns, looking gorgeous nestled among the Japanese Acers

Cordyline Australis (New Zealand Cabbage Palm)
The Cordyline Australis is one of the easiest and fast-growing exotic trees you can cultivate in your own garden. This palm-like tree has arching narrow green leaves and once mature, bears plumes of tiny, creamy white scented flowers and white or blue-tinted berries.
Add this drought-tolerant and striking tree to your design for a garden landscape that really packs a punch.

Cordyline Australis single stem
Cordyline Australis single stem

Celtis Australis
As Canberra is the capital city of Australia, it seems only right to include the Celtis Australis in your garden. This elegant tree is commonly found in the Australian Capital Territory and grows beautiful flowers and fruit.
The Celtis Australis is a deciduous tree and is fairly drought-tolerant. Give your mini ‘Outback’ some height with this attractive tree.

Celtis Australis - available as mature full standard trees from Paramount
Celtis Australis – available as mature full standard trees from Paramount

For further Australian garden inspiration take a look at the ‘Best in Show’ winner from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2013 – Australians win Best in Show

If you have any tips or recommendations to pass on to your fellow gardeners’ we would love to hear from you. Please leave us a comment in the comment section below.