I started this blog in 2009 with a post called natives. Fast forward 5 years and we're going to talk about natives again. I have become better acquainted with the exotics and even have some favourites, but my first love will always be natives. They are just so beautiful and unique. They suit our arid conditions, including topography, climate and diversity. It seems odd, as an Urban horticulturalist, that we don't plant more native species, as they are the ones that survive our harsh conditions. Black Saturday proved that. I have become a real fan of the paper daisy. Its flowers are everlasting and even as they die, they still look wonderful. They are the ultimate cut flower. Of course, there is one species in this lot that you won't see in the same spot all the time, but he's a favourite Native to Australia as well.