Natives Shrubs

All plants listed attract bees, birds and other pollinating insects.

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Native Shrubs

Compact shrub

Possibly the most unique-looking plant that honeybees can’t get enough of. The Hairpin Banksia looks like an oversized honeycomb or hairpin that attracts bees and birds alike.

This plant is highly attractive to bees and helps them make it through the winter by providing nectar and pollen.

Flowers between April and August and grows in cool, temperate, and warm/humid climates alike.

Photo courtesy of Joel Bramley

Bushy shrub

This thick bushy shrub grows to around 5 metres. The flowers are deep bronzy-orange and will be showy from late autumn through winter. The massive flower spikes up to 40cm long are the outstanding feature of this cultivar.

A very adaptable plant that makes a fantastic medium sized screen as well as a great cut flower. Birds and bees are attracted to the nectar rich flowers, which are long lasting both on the plant and as cut flowers. Flowers best in full sun prefers well drained soils.

Banksias are phosphorus sensitive, so a good native fertiliser is best when it comes to feeding time.

It thrives as far south as Melbourne and Gippsland but dislikes heavy frost.



These large and long-lasting flowers offer brilliant long-lasting displays of colourful blooms.

Thanks to its autumn blooming, this shrub is also a vital source of nectar for many local birds, bees and other indigenous wildlife.

Photo Brad Collis Cape Liptrap


Flowers in autumn and winter. Tall flower heads sit atop sturdy branches and encourage birds and bees to the garden. Drought tolerant. Architectural long, serrated leaves provide all-year interest. Flower head ‘candles’ consist of hundreds of tiny flowers.

Great for dry, exposed sites. Prefers a sunny position.

Can tolerate light frosts but avoid growing in areas where frosts are prolonged or severe.


A hardy shrub

To 2 metres high and wide, adaptable to a wide range of conditions, from sun to part shade. It has an open habit with pale green small leaves and bronze to red flowers in autumn and winter, which are highly bird and bee attracting.

Banksias are phosphorus sensitive, so a good native fertiliser is best when it comes to feeding time.



Shrub to small tree

This striking shrub/small tree is well known in indigenous environments and gardens alike.

Gardeners love it for its large, cream coloured flowers and honeybees love it for its pollen and nectar. Large, beautiful flower spikes, that are very attractive to bees.

An excellent herb for culinary purposes and aromatic purposes.


Shrub to small tree

The iconic bottlebrush is a shrub, known for its cylindrical red brush-shaped flowers. They’re great for those who might not have the best green thumb, as they’re hardy plants and require little maintenance.

They also provide food and the perfect home for a range of wildlife, including possums, lizards, insects, bees and nectar-eating birds.

Photo Brad Collis Cape Liptrap


A relatively compact bottlebrush with brilliant purple flower heads in profusion in spring with a follow up flowering in autumn.

New foliage growth is pink, and it can be encouraged to produce new flushes of this with pruning and feeding. A good hardy plant, adaptable to most soil types. Drought and moderate frost hardiness once the plant is established.

Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects


Common Heath is a small shrub growing 1-3m tall. Back in 1958, Victoria was the first state in Australia to officially adopt a floral emblem, and we chose Common Heath!

Its flowers range from white through to a deep shade of pink. They’re common right across Victoria in woodlands and heathlands.

Photo Brad Collis Cape Liptrap

Small to Medium shrubs

These evergreen shrubs with beautiful bell-like flowers which are present throughout winter and come in an array of spectacular colours including pink, red, orange, white, cream, green, yellow, and even combinations of a few!
They are tolerant of many soil types and can be planted in your garden in a shady or partly shaded spot, and many of them can also tolerant a sunny position…what a versatile plant!

These plants are loved by birds and bees alike including the native blue banded bee.



Small hardy shrubs

Grows to 1 metre in height. White or pink flowers. Attractive to bees including native blue banded bees and butterflies.

Hardy, bushy and easy to grow. Requires very little attention once established.


Small shrub

An unusual, hardy little desert plant that produces bulbous rounded fruits and curious-looking elongated flowers. The flowers are of unique shape, thus attracting honeybees for their variety, and they provide useful quantities of both pollen and nectar through the winter and summer seasons.

Has a relatively high flowering period (between November and February).
Frost hardy. Has a moderate to slow growth rate.

Photo courtesy of Arthur Chapman (cc)

Wild Flowers

They can bloom in a range of colours, including pink, yellow and white! These heat tolerant plants do well in pots and perform best in full sun, but can tolerate a bit of shade.

If you’d like to attract butterflies and Native and European bees to your garden or balcony, everlasting daisies will do wonders.

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Grevilleas Medium shrubs

This grevillea called Grevillea ‘Superb’ has salmon-coloured flowers that are quite magnificent. The intermediary coloured flowers are the result of hybridisation.

The flower heads are called racemes. They consist of a series of individual flowers along an elongated stem. These open in succession, which means you get a really long flowering time from any one flower head.

This is a plant that flowers for much of the year. Given it produces nectar and attracts both birds and bees; it’s a plant that’s going to give lots of interest.

It grows to between one and a half and two metres, and can be lightly pruned. And like all grevilleas choose a native plant fertiliser and avoid using a fertiliser that’s high in phosphorus. They like a sunny, well drained position and will tolerate moderate frosts. They grow well in tubs, and are really outstanding garden plants.

There are a profusion of Grevilleas to choose from with colours ranging from pale lemon such as Grevillea Moonlight (taller variety) through yellows, oranges and reds such as Grevillea Molly, Robyn Gordon and Peaches and Cream to suit your garden.

Most are compact medium shrubs that flower most of the year. The flowers are laden with bees seen crawling through the flowers.

They’re great for attracting a diverse range of insects, bees and butterflies, and are perfect habitats for bees that feed on their nectar and collect the pollen.

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Small shrub

It grows through southern Victoria.

Hibbertia aspera is usually a bushy small shrub, growing to about 60 cm high by 50 cm wide. It can become a scrambling-vine type shrub if allowed to climb and also forms a good groundcover.

Native bees are attracted to Hibbertai



A good plant for wildlife, being a good nectar and food source for bees, birds and butterflies.

It will flower through spring, with spires of pink to purple blooms. Growing to around 2 metres tall and wide, it can take neglect and some frost and drought.

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This unique Australian plant gets its name from its furry flower which is shaped just like a kangaroo’s paw.

They’re often red in colour, but in the wild their flowers can also range from green to pink, yellow and black. They’re packed full of nectar, making them a high-energy food source for lots of native birds, bees and mammals.

Photo Brad Collis Cape Liptrap

Medium Shrub

Crimson Kunzea is outstanding for its showy bright red bottlebrush flower heads that appear sporadically for most of the year.

It is a small to medium shrub that has a spreading habit. It makes a good feature plant but the fine foliage also makes it suitable as a screening or hedge plant, given that it also responds very well to pruning.

Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects are very attracted to it.


Wild Flower – Perennial

You’ll most commonly find these beautiful royal blue flowers growing by the roadside, attracting bees and butterflies!

There are thirteen species of Wahlenbergia stricta in Australia.

These Australian wildflowers do really well in pots and hanging baskets in light shade – perfect to add a bit of colour on the balcony!

Rockery or border plant that does well in a wide range of soils.


Large shrub to small tree

The Pincushion Hakea is striking when an adult, but requires staking and protection from wind and frost when it’s young.

It produces both nectar and pollen and attracts a variety of birds.

Requires protection from frost and the wind while becoming established.
Must have full sun.


Can be used as a screen, informal or formal hedge for wider verges, nature strips, parks and reserves. Slightly prickly suitable as a barrier in low traffic areas.

Fast growing and responds well to pruning. Useful for poorly drained sites. Attracts nectar eating birds and butterflies.

The honey may be thick and difficult to extract.

Photo Brad Collis Cape Liptrap

Large Shrub

It is an erect shrub to about 1.5-2 metres high. The tubular flowers are mauve, purple or pink. It’s best suited to dry climates.

It has high amounts of nectar and attracts bees and other insects.

This mint bush has a beautiful massed display of mauve and pink flowers which has attractive contrasting purple to scarlet bracts.

It is frost tender and a short lived but spectacular plant and likes a sunny part shade sheltered position and flowers for many months.

Feed with a good low phosphorus native fertiliser.


Medium Shrub

A feature or stand-alone plant, gap filler, useful for gardens with sandstone outcrops, insect attracting and colour diversity. With both pollen and nectar it attracts bees and insects.

Should be pruned lightly after flowering. Give some water in dry periods.

There are approximately 120 species of Pultenaea, making it the largest pea-genus in Australia. They are endemic to Australia and occurring in all States except the Northern Territory. In this species, flowers are a striking deep yellow with red markings, produced in terminal umbel-like heads, about 3 x 3 cm, in late winter to spring.

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Rockery plant – ground cover

Scaevola is sun-loving and should be planted in an area that receives at least 6 to 8 hours of sunlight each day.

Scaevola can be planted directly in the ground, but due to its compact, tumbling growth habit, it is often grown in containers or flower beds where it’s pretty blooms can spill over the sides. Attracts bees, native bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to the garden.

Comes in pinks, blues and mauves.


Small to medium shrub

Hardy shrub liking most conditions. Attracts bees and butterflies
Needs light pruning after flowering.

Masses of tiny pink flowers over a very long period and a compact low growing shrubby habit define this very useful Australian shrub.

It is useful as background shrub or even as a low growing hedge plant that is adaptable but needs relatively good drainage.

Medium Shrub

Big and beautiful – the waratah is one of Australia’s most iconic flowers and is found on the south eastern parts of Australia.

They produce bright red flowers – sometimes white, pink or yellow, and attract a wide variety of native birds and insects.

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Shrubs – and hedging

Westringia varieties come in different heights. From small shrubs to tall shrubs depending on the variety you choose.

Westringia fruticose, this plant, often referred to as Native Rosemary, can flower all year round, which makes them an invaluable resource to bees.

Its flowers are blueish in colour which the bees prefer. Particularly long-tonged bees, like our friend the Blue Banded Bee, and the very cute Teddy Bear Bee.