Ipswich City Council is dedicated to greening the city as much as possible for the benefit of native fauna and flora, residents and our environment.
Many studies have been carried out which highlight the numerous health benefits of gardening, including:
Why not get into gardening and find out all the wonderful health benefits for yourself!
Council runs a number of programs designed to assist Ipswich residents in planting beautiful gardens filled with native plant species that attract wildlife and invite relaxation.
Beautiful Ipswich is an Ipswich City Council initiative that aims to beautify major thoroughfares and streetscapes, create attractive parks and recreational pathways and improve waterways throughout time-honoured suburbs.
Further information on this initiative can be found on the Beautiful Ipswich webpage.
Ipswich City Council provides a Free Plant Program each financial year to assist residents to develop a greener and more beautiful Ipswich.
Council endeavors to give away 120,000 plants per annum. Plants are proudly propagated and grown in Ipswich City Council's production nursery. Plant species are chosen and propagated to suit local climate and soil conditions.
As an Ipswich resident you are entitled to free plants every financial year under the Council's Free Plant Program.
For further information regarding the program and Ipswich City Council's nurseries refer to the Free Plant Program webpage.
The benefits of native plant species
Planting a range of different native plants, such as vines, ground covers, shrubs and trees, provides the food, shelter and other resources required by native animals. Council offers native locally grown plants suited to the vegetation and soil type of your property, ensuring a healthier garden with many benefits:
Native species available from council nurseries
Buckinghamia celsissima (common name: Ivory Curl)
Small to medium-sized native tree reaching heights of 6 - 8 metres and spread of 3 - 5 metres. Rounded growth habit with dark green leaves and bronze coloured new growth. Produces fragrant cream flowers summer through to autumn. Attracts birds and bees. Does well in full sun or partial shade and adapts to most soils.
Harpullia pendula (common name: Tulipwood)
Medium-sized native tree reaching heights of 7 - 9 metres and canopy spread of 2 - 4 metres. Fast growing with a dense crown and pale grey bark, greenish yellow flowers in summer followed by orange seed cases that open in winter to reveal the seed inside. Tolerates dry conditions, adapts to most soils and prefers full sun.
Cupaniopsis anacardioides (common name: Tuckeroo)
Medium-sized native tree reaching heights of 8 - 9 metres and spread of 6 - 8 metres. Excellent shade tree due to wide canopy. Glossy green leaves, produces yellow flowers followed by orange seeds. Suitable tree for most conditions and adapts to most soils, prefers part shade.
Xanthostemon chrysanthus (common name: Golden Penda)
Medium native tree reaching heights of 7 - 10 metres and spread of 6 - 8 metres. Glossy green leaves and reddish new growth with bright yellow flowers. Adapts to most soils, prefers full sun and can be frost tender.
Callistemon viminalis (common name: Dawson River Weeper)
Large shrub to small tree reaching heights of 5 - 7 metres and spreads of 3 - 4 metres. Green/grey foliage and weeping branches. Red bottle brush flowers appear through most of the year. Attracts birds and bees. Full sun or part shade, tolerates dry periods.
While not all of these are native, they are not invasive and are easily maintained:
Planting your free plants