Frankston Indigenous Nursery

Please note: our retail store is closed until April 2023. For ordering or contract enquiries please contact us on 9768 1513.

Frankston Indigenous Nursery is a community nursery specialising in producing quality indigenous plants from across the municipality.

All seeds and cuttings are collected locally by staff and all plants are propagated on the premises. We have permanent staff, as well as a team of community volunteers.

The Nursery offers a wide range of local and drought tolerant plants at affordable prices, from tube-stock and 6-inch pots to 30cm young trees.

The Nursery also offers:

  • plant orders for community Friends Groups
  • contract growing for large or small government agencies and private contractors
  • Council plantings for natural reserves, parks, planting beds, street trees and landscaping projects across the municipality.

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What is an indigenous plant?

An indigenous plant is a plant that naturally occurs in a local area.

Many people think that a native plant is an indigenous plant, but there are differences:

  • An Australian native plant refers to any plant found within the country, whether it be from the desert, a tropical rainforest or an alpine region.
  • An indigenous plant takes this a step further. It refers to a native plant that naturally occurs in your immediate local area. This could mean only a few kilometres from your home, rather than hundreds or thousands of kilometres from its natural range.

The natural environment of the Frankston area ranges from coastal dunes to woodlands and waterways. Each of these areas are home to different suites of indigenous plants suited to local conditions.

For the best results in your garden, we suggest choosing plants that are best suited to your part of Frankston.

For more information, view the Frankston Indigenous Plant Guide(PDF, 6MB)

Why choose indigenous plants?

Planting Indigenous plants in your garden or as a landscaping project has many benefits and makes sound horticultural sense.

Indigenous plants are already adapted to local conditions
This is a result of thousands of years of evolution. Factors such as soil types, climate, water availability and pests and diseases can affect plant growth and health. Indigenous plants will easily cope with these different situations as they are already used to surviving under these local conditions The big benefit is that the survival rates and long term health of your plants are greatly increased. In turn, maintenance of your garden is considerably reduced due to less watering and work required

Indigenous plants offer variety
Indigenous plants have a wide variety of interesting and vibrant flower types, foliage, textures and colours. For most landscaping situations you will find a suitable indigenous plant. Whether it is for a wet boggy area, a hedge, a lawn, or creepers, shrubs and trees.

Planting Indigenous plants attract native wildlife
Planting Indigenous plants will attract native fauna including insects, birds, reptiles and mammals. Your garden could become an important part of the food chain or provide shelter to animals.

Indigenous plants help the environment
Growing Indigenous plants actually helps the environment by producing pollen and seed which can keep the increasingly more threatened local species gene pool alive. Also, replacing exotic plants in favour of Indigenous plants reduces the exotic plant seed bank and the escape of weed species into nearby natural bushland areas.