Choosing the right plants for where you live

A guide to native plant selection

Depending on where you live, the right choice of plants will make your outdoor living space much more enjoyable and in harmony with the space around you.  Read on to see my recommendations for the Ku-ring-gai, Pittwater, Willoughby and Blacktown council areas.


Ku-ring-gai Area

What are locally indigenous plants?

These are plants that naturally occur in the local area.  The may have a very limited distribution within this area or they may a distribution that includes and extends beyond the local area of Ku-ring-gai.  Many have broader distributions throughout Sydney, making them suitable for use throughout this region and beyond.

Locally indigenous plants may also be associated with particular plant communities, often defined by geological conditions.  Some of the plant communities found within Ku-ring-gai include;

Blue Gum High Forest

Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest

Duffy's Forest Communities


Pittwater Area

Which natives are appropriate for your property in the Pittwater area?

Native gardening booklet pittwaterStep 1.  Find your area in the Native Gardening booklet

Step 2.  Locate your property

Step 3.  Match the colour of your property to vegetation type to see a list of appropriate native plants to grow



This booklet provides a broad selection of trees, shrubs, ground covers and fems for your garden.


Willoughby Area

Download the indigenous plant species list for Willoughby Council area.


Blacktown Area

Native vegetation

The vegetation of Blacktown is special and unique with most of the plants living within these vegetation communities being listed under the NS Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 as rare, vulnerable, threatened, endangered or critically endangered.

This section provides information on the vegetation found across the Blacktown Local Government Area, threats to the vegetation and ways you can get involved to protect this valuable resource.

  • Shale Hills Woodland
  • Shale Plains Woodland
  • Shale-Sandstone Transition Forest
  • Shale-Gravel Transition Forest
  • Alluvial Woodland
  • Castlereagh Ironbark Forest
  • Castlereagh Scribby Gum Woodland

Impact on the vegetation occurring across Blacktown include;

  • Weeds
  • Fire
  • Urban Impacts

Click here to read more about Native Vegetation in the Blacktown area.

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