As the gardeners of far north Queensland know, lots of plants love our tropical climate and do really well here. Some non-native or introduced species do well too, but some just can’t handle the weather. People choose plants and trees for their gardens for all sorts of reasons – appearance, fragrance, reminds them of somewhere else, easy to look after, low maintenance.
Our wildlife correspondent Martin Cohen would like you to think about native plants for your garden. He was in a plant buying kind of mood when we drove along the Kennedy Highway south of Mareeba, and as we got close to Walkamin, Martin said “there! Over there, pull in there”. The “there” he was referring to is the Yuruga Native Plant Nursery. He bought some plants, and we had a yarn bout the virtues of native plants with Marcus Achatz.
Dr Martin Cohen is ABC Far North wildlife correspondent. Hear him on radio Wednesday afternoons at 445 or search for him on your podcast app.