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Habitat Modules

To inspire you with creating a garden here are some ‘habitat modules' for four different types of conditions that may occur in your garden.

By planting in clusters, and including trees, shrubs, climbers, ground covers, grasses, sedges and lillies, you will create a layered garden that provides food, shelter, and breeding sites for a diversity of species.

Modules can be modified to exclude large trees such as eucalypt species using only the taller shrubs and ground covers.

Species selection criteria

The plant species used in each of the modules occur statewide and are most suited to cultivation.

They are beneficial in providing wildlife habitat with the majority of species being adaptable to most soil types. Flowering and fruiting times have also been taken into account so as to offer a wide selection of food sources for wildlife. 

Where possible local (indigenous) species that have the most similar food sources have been selected as alternative native species to weed species.  Care should be taken to ensure you have reliable seed and plant material that is sourced from Tasmania.

More information

The Understorey Network's Plant database is a very useful resource for choosing plant species to grow in your area. (www.understorey-network.org.au)

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Habitat module for Coastal Gardens

For gardens that have a coastal exposure.

Habitat module for Container Gardens

Plants that may be grown in containers for areas such as decks, verandas, courtyards or window boxes.

Habitat module for Dry Gardens

For dry gardens, or areas of your garden that may be dry in summer and moist in winter.

Habitat module for Wet Gardens

For areas that surround a pond or water feature. Suggested plants will cope with seasonal variations in water availability.

Tasmanian Natives

Rare native Tasmanian plants are not necessarily difficult to grow but if you are unsure of a plant's growing requirements carefully read the plant labels. These have the most critical factors for the best planting conditions written in sequence, e.g. well drained, moist. The drainage is a vital factor in the plants optimal growth and the plant should not be planted in a permanent wet situation.