Nature Strips – Biodiversity and Habitat in the Burbs

A couple of years ago I decided I’d had enough of mowing the grass in front of my house.

And then the Brisbane City Council changed their rules about planting verge gardens.

Westringia is a low-growing native shrub that provides flowers and habitat for bees, small birds and other wildlife. Occasional pruning keeps them bushy and the trimmings can be left to add to the mulch layer.

No more mowing! And a free street tree planted by the Council.

And even more benefits than I expected!

  • It’s cooler
  • It’s more interesting for me and for people walking by
  • It’s habitat for the blue tongue lizards, fairy wrens, and native bees
  • I’ve met lots more people in the neighbourhood
  • No mowing. No edging.
My verge looking west

My evolving verge garden with council planted street tree

Native gardens are less work than lawn and use less water.

Dec 2019 – even though it is exceptionally hot and dry, the strawflowers / paper daisies provide spectacular colours and attract native bees and butterflies.

Many councils now have guidelines that allow you to plant. (directory on Shady Lanes Project website). See the list of plants on my verge here.

See my tips for getting started on your own verge garden or nature strip.

You can also see my general gardening website at brisbanecitylife.com.au