Cottage perennials for south east Queensland
Cottage gardeners aim for year round variety and colour by including different types of perennial flowering shrubs and plants. The information here gives you an idea of what would be flowering at different times of year. The Perennials gallery shows a range of plants worth trying in a southeast Queensland garden. Remember there can be many microclimates in a single backyard. Try to group your plants so they have similar watering and sun/shade requirements as their neighbours. It will save you time maintaining the plantings.
Month by month in the garden
Seasonal extracts from The Poppy - the journal of the Perennial Poppies Group Inc.
by Pam Napier - April 2004
Since the wet weather I have noticed a lot more butterflies around the garden. What fascinating creatures they are. Some butterflies often seen in our gardens are:
Instead of excreting waste, caterpillars use it to make markings and colours on their skins. No wonder birds find them distasteful!
Butterfly-attracting plants are buddleia, pentas, impatiens and cassias. Just remember that, like roses (with thorns), butterflies have a down side too. But don't spray the caterpillars!
(Ref: Bert Brunet Australian insects and Peter Valentine Tropical butterflies)