Autumn garden is alive with colour

Correa 'Canberra Bells' at the Australia National Botanic Gardens

Banksia spinulosa is a great addition to the Australian garden

The Australian National Botanic Gardens is alive with colour as autumn approaches.

It’s a great time to visit and experience the beauty and atmosphere of the nation’s Gardens – but if you’re not in Canberra, why not have a look through our Flickr site? It’s a great place to discover some wonderful native plants you can use to liven up your own garden.

Just some of the delights we have on show at the moment are the bright red spikes of the bottle brush, our correas with their distinctive bell-shaped flowers and golden banksias.

If you’re looking for something for your own garden Banksia spinulosa is an amazing all-rounder coming in all shapes and sizes – from a small shrub, ideal for the smallest garden or balcony, through to a small tree.

Once it’s established, this banksia is sure to have flowers every autumn – and it withstands winter frosts. Plus, its bright gold, red or orange flowers attract a range of nectar feeding birds.

Check out the Gardens’ Flickr site for your flower fix, and be inspired!

David, Parks Australia

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