As we move around our cities it's evident that our urban landscapes are increasingly being filled with many of the same plant species.
Lots of Lomandra
The five-year project Which Plant Where? (GC15002), a strategic partnership initiative under the Hort Frontiers Green Cities Fund, is investigating how well current landscaping species will cope under the more extreme climates that Australia’s cities will face.
The project is examining opportunities for new species and varieties for the urban context – and growers are encouraged to contribute their thoughts on new, unusual or forgotten plant species that could be used in our Australian cities.
Suggestions are being taken for under-utilised species that could be used for:
- street trees – shading, limited overhead and underground space, water availability
- transport corridors (motorways and rail lines) – that can withstand high traffic areas, shading
- parks and gardens – shading, biodiversity values
- residential gardens – biodiversity, shading, aesthetics.
The plant species submitted will undergo rigorous testing by researchers at Macquarie University and Western Sydney University to see how they perform under a variety of environmental factors.
Results will inform both growers and practitioners of their performance with the aim of increasing confidence to try new species in our urban areas.
For more information on the project or the species survey, please contact project lead Leigh Staas on firstname.lastname@example.org
Image credit: Flickr/Kevin Theale (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0). It was suggested that Darwinia citriodora might be one example of a species that could be re-trialled under Which Plant Where as a more unusual candidate for urban landscape development.