Plant Collections

  • Cranbourne

Arid Garden

Located in the western side of the Australian Garden, the Arid Garden uses trees sparingly, to represent the scarcity of trees in the arid inland zones of the continent. The seasonal flower displays bring colour to this desert landscape. 

Beneath are the lower species, such as Hedge Salt-bush, Sword-sedge, Fan-flowers, Bluebush, Poverty Bush, and many types of daisies. 

The arid garden aims to display a range of low growing predominantly grey foliaged plants from the arid areas of Australia – Grey foliage is an adaption to hot and dry conditions and as such grey foliaged plant are ideally suited to exposed dry gardens. 


Best Viewed

  • Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn

Key Plants

Atriplex nummularia. Old-man Saltbush, is the largest of the Australian saltbushes capable of growing to growing to 3m high. It is a very hardy plant, tolerating very dry soil for extended periods. It prefers to grow in full sun.  Its silver foliage is very striking and In the garden makes an ideal hedging plant. Indeed it responds well to regular pruning to keep it from getting woody.

Eremophila spp. There are a range of Eremophila’s growing in the arid garden – Eremophila is a large genus of over 200 species with the majority occurring in the arid and semi- arid areas of Australia.

Maireana oppositifolia is a small shrub with very tightly packed narrow greyish, often silky-haired leaves. It features small greenish cream to pinkish winged fruits. Its fantastic contrasting grey foliage and form make it an ideal architectural plant in the garden.

Acacia pendula, Weeping Myall, is an attractive grey foliaged weeping wattle which features in the arid garden to represent the sparse tree-scape of much of the arid and semi-arid areas of Australia. In cultivation it is tolerant of a wide range of conditions but ideally suited to a sunny dry location where it can grow to a medium sized tree.