Showcasing plants that thrive in difficult locations

This is a wonderful sharing. Yes, it is vital for people to become aware of what plants (flora) thrive in a particular climate zone and even micro-climate. Traditional Western gardens with huge lawns and thristy shrubs are not suitable for desert or mountain climes. Lovely photos!

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Sturt's Desert Pea, Port Augusta, South Australia's floral emblem Sturt’s Desert Pea

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden Landscape at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Our recent road trip to and around South Australia included a mixed bag of sights. The primary attraction was a week-long tour to Lake Eyre and environs (coming soon), but there was a lot more to enjoy such as the Marree Man and Mutonia Sculpture ParkMutonia Sculpture Park.

Another unexpected treat was a visit to the remarkable Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden. Located in Port Augusta (about a four-hour drive north of Adelaide), the garden is proof that the desert can grow and create beauty.

Pink Mulla Mulla, Port Augusta Ptilotus exaltatus, pink mulla mulla

Acacia papyrocarpa, western myall, Acacia papyrocarpa, Western Myall,

Eremophila, Native Fuchsia, Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden Eremophila, Native Fuchsia

It’s worth noting that Australia’s arid zone ecosystems are fragile, complex and occur nowhere else on earth. This garden receives an average of 300mm (12 inches) or less of rain each year. Developers put a lot of thought into…

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