welcome to WA Native Gardens


We are Perth’s leading experts on West Australian Native Garden Plants and Services. We are lovers of West Australian plants. We are garden advisors with three generations of West Australian plant knowledge, garden experience and wildflower passion. We are sharers of knowledge so we can support you and your garden.


We bring the nursery to you to have the best selection for your garden beds. We guarantee the success of West Australian plants to bring joy back into native gardening. We help to better understand the plants’ relationship to our ancient sandy sand.


We visit you and your garden. We listen to the story of your garden, tailor our advice and place the West Australian plants to reflect your intention. This is why we guarantee success.

We also run regular workshops where gardeners will learn how they can achieve amazing success with West Australian plants.

Do you really want a native garden ?

To understand how to create a successful native garden in Perth requires passion, commitment and patience. I’m lucky, I have the benefit of 3 generations of knowledge and experience around West Australian plants to draw on in Boxed Green.  So that’s what I’m sharing, through our work, our workshops, blogs and conversations.

I will help you create a thriving, beautiful, interesting native verge or garden that you’ll love as much as the local birds will.

When I meet with clients or attendees at our workshops, their response is often “I’ve tried natives and they don’t work as well as I expected in my garden.” If this is true for you, know that it’s not your fault!

If you’ve been feeling stressed or frustrated in not knowing which plants to buy or how to prepare the garden, you’re absolutely not alone.

The simple truth is, to have a successful native garden or verge requires a well researched, simple to use, proven system, and a reasonable understanding of the garden you’re working with.  And that’s where it gets interesting

Garden bed preparation

“Whenever you read that you need a product to improve your sand, bring more ‘healthy soil in’, add fertilizer or spend money on stuff to ‘improve your native garden’ or ‘prepare your garden bed’…stop reading and go to the next article…Because they’re not talking about a West Australian plant garden.” –Graeme Mitchell

My partner, Graeme, gives the best advice I can think of if you’re researching native verges or gardens.  Our Perth sand, our West Australian plants, our climate, are all perfect for bringing life to your verge and garden.  And isn’t that a relief?

I won’t go into a long story about how this has been tested and proven, that’s a whole new blog for another day, but if you can accept this for a moment, think about what’s next……

What happens when we add clay, wetting agents, fertilizers, ‘good soils’, compost, mulch etc etc. to the garden?  Well, it actually creates a problem for the health of our WA native plants and their incredibly complex, and symbiotic relationships with the sand.

Our West Australian plants’ roots know what to exude into the sand in order to activate the bacteria and fungi they require to thrive.  The simplest way I can put it into words is that if you plant the best West Australian plants into our sand, give them sufficient water and protection in the early days, they will produce a beautiful outcome.

They don’t need anything more than this.

If you add ‘stuff’, they simply get confused.  Then, if they survive all this ‘stuff’, most West Australian plants will grow too quickly and won’t get through the first seasonal cycle because their roots aren’t established properly.

How do I know this to be true?

The business of Boxed Green draws on 3 generations of working with West Australian plants in all sorts of ways.  Our founders, myself included, have advised local governments, worked as key advisors to large scale land developers, consulted to the nursery industry, supported wildflower and related community groups, and worked directly with hundreds of home gardeners.

Since the 1970’s we have been collectively responsible for the installation of more than 1 million local West Australian natives in various gardens, landscapes and public open spaces.  All of them in Perth sands or the South West of Western Australia.

about us


Eco-Gardeners are confidently creating health, hope and beauty with eco-gardening systems.


Our West Australian plant products are supporting the Perth community in creating eco-gardens to connect household public open space and urban bushland into an urban wildlife corridor by 2018.



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