Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Plants That Tolerate Fire Promise Colour; Weekender Columnist Neil Fisher Is from Fisher's Nursery, North Rockhampton. You Can Chat with Neil on Radio 4ro's Gardening Hour after the 6am News on Tuesdays

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Plants That Tolerate Fire Promise Colour; Weekender Columnist Neil Fisher Is from Fisher's Nursery, North Rockhampton. You Can Chat with Neil on Radio 4ro's Gardening Hour after the 6am News on Tuesdays

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Byline: NEIL FISHER

A TIMELY warning this week from Rural Fire Service Queensland that many parts of this region face a heightened fire conditions in coming days.

RFSQ Central Regional Manager Brian Smith said: "With very high fire danger across the Central Highlands, Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Central Coast, Whitsundays and Capricornia, we're asking residents to take extra care, be alert, and help to prevent bushfires."

With so many housing developments inclose to wilderness areas careful consideration should even be given to the selection of plants for the garden.

In fact you can have bushfire-tolerant plants for your garden that are both colourful in flower and suitable for the soil types in those potential bushfire areas.

There has not been a formal study into bushfire-tolerant plants for Central Queensland but there was an opportunity to talk with many gardeners after the 2009 Rockhampton bush fire.

It was noticeable many plants could tolerate even the worst bushfire. Added to that is the studies from the United States, in particular Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles County Department of Work has over many years provided an informative fire-wise plant list for gardeners.

Many plants it recommends are also commonly grown in the Rockhampton region.

Agapanthus orientalis or Lily of the Nile is a hardy flowering lily producing large blue or white flowers in summer.

Agapanthus is easy to grow and will tolerate soils from sandy and well drained to heavy clay. It is important to remember it does not require a lot of water once it has established.

Convolulus cneorum or silver bush is a silver foliaged groundcover that provides something different for the garden, with masses of large white flowers produced during the warmer months. It handles sun or part shade, is salt and drought tolerant and is frost hardy. …

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