Australian Plants for Canberra Region Gardens and other Cool Climate Areas

Extensively revised 5th edition, now into its second printing

934 plants described with photographs

342 pages (176 x 250 mm), sample pages below

RRP $30

This book is written for Canberra region gardeners by Canberra region gardeners. It brings together over 50 years of gardening experience by past and present members of the Australian Native Plants Society—formerly the Society for Growing Australian Plants—Canberra Region. We hope it will have a special place on your gardening bookshelf.

This is the fifth edition, extensively revised and now with illustrations for 934 described plants, with many more forms and cultivars listed.

The Australian plants selected for this book are likely to grow well in the Canberra region and in other similar cool climate areas. More than one third of the Australian plants included are native to the Canberra region, while others come from elsewhere in Australia.

Both new and more experienced gardeners will find it easy to select their plants by using the well organised and illustrated plant descriptions. For new gardeners, there are clear instructions on how to start and maintain a native garden in the Canberra environment.

By following the planting information provided, everyone can aim to create a splendid native garden, with flowers all year round and inviting habitats for local birds and wildlife.

Many of the plants listed are also available at the society’s popular sales, which are held in autumn and spring each year at the Australian National Botanic Gardens in Canberra.

Australian Plants for Canberra Region Gardens and other Cool Climate Areas (ISBN 9780646930336), 5th edition was published in March 2015.

The book is available at our plant sales, ANBG Botanical Bookshop, Co-Op bookshop (ANU), Dymocks (Canberra Centre, Tuggeranong, Westfield Belconnen), Harry Hartog Bookshop (Woden), Namadgi Visitor Centre Giftshop, National Arboretum Giftshop, National Library Bookshop, Paperchain Bookshop (Manuka) and some nurseries (Cool Country native plants at Pialligo) and at landscaping centres (Canberra Sand and Gravel – Parkwood, Mitchell, Hume).

“You can’t just plant half a dozen grevilleas, a thryptomene and a banskia and call it a native garden. This latest edition of a great gardening book for Canberra is blooming marvellous.”
– Jackie French (Canberra Times)

Sample Pages:

Ground Covers
Herbaceous plants
Small shrubs
Medium shrubs
Large shrubs
Container Plants

Thank you to all those who contributed their images for the book.

ANPS Canberra Book Working Group