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This trend set to firm its po­si­tion this year in­volves not just in­clud­ing na­tives but sourc­ing plants en­demic to your lo­cal area.

Matt Leacy is a big fan of this ap­proach but says it can some­times be a lit­tle tricky to put into prac­tice.

“We oc­ca­sion­ally get this re­quest from clients, which I com­pletely en­cour­age and re­spect,” he says. “But if there is not a lo­cal nurs­ery grow­ing these plants, it can be a lit­tle dif­fi­cult to achieve.

“It may be that a nurs­ery has to find and grow these plants spe­cially which can take a lit­tle ex­tra time and money.”

If it’s a bit too hard, Matt says choos­ing from a broader se­lec­tion of na­tive Aus­tralian plants is the next best op­tion.

“It’s worth con­sid­er­ing given Aus­tralia has one of the high­est amounts of en­demic species in the world.”

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