Gardening Blog - Lush Online Plants Nursery australia

Welcome! We hope you will enjoy our articles about plants, garden care, tropical plants & more. Select a category on the left, or scroll down to start reading! If you are looking for growing information for a specific variety please use the 'search' function below. We'd love to hear your feedback or experience; leave us a comment!

At Lush, we love to grow amazing plants! 


The Amazing Ice Cream Bean! Inga Edulis - Growing the Ice Cream Bean Tree

Ice Cream Bean - Inga Edulis

Did your parents ever tell you, in the height of a hot summer, that ice cream doesn’t grow on trees? Well, that’s not strictly true! Inga Edulis, a member of the Legume family, sprouts seed pods that contain fleshy matter with a taste just like Vanilla ice cream.

This tree is native to South America, where it is grown for various reasons including its fruit, shade and timber. It has also been used in medicines for centuries, and forms the basis for an alcoholic drink called Cachiri. The fruit that gives it its name are contained in seed pods-these are long and thin and shaped like bean pods, and can grow up to 3 feet long! The seeds themselves are not generally eaten, but are surrounded by a cottony covering which tastes like ice cream.

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Malabar Chestnut, or Saba Nut - The Provision Tree for your Garden (Pachira aquatica)

Amazing!  Highly Ornamental and Lucky!

The Malabar Chestnut is one of those very special trees.  Also named the Provision tree by the U.N, this tree can withstand the often harsh conditions in developing countries.  Native to an area from Southern Mexico to Guyana and northern Brazil, this tree is well suited to tropical and subtropical regions as well as mild inland and coastal areas. Although native to naturally wet areas, it is extremely adaptable and will grow very well in most conditions.

What does the Malabar Chestnut look like?

It is a stunning tree.  Foliage is shiny deep green, with lighter green new growth. Leaves are palmate, or finger-shaped.  It gives away its distant relative - the Boabob with a distinctive swollen trunk base.  This makes it very suitable as a bonsai or house plant, as well as a beautiful shade tree for parks, gardens and bush blocks.  The Malabar Chestnut grows up to 18m tall in its tropical native habitat, but in subtropical areas a maximum of 6-7m tall is more likely.

Flowers are quite showy, like a creamy yellow powder puff or shaving brush!  Being self- fertile, you can expect a seed pod to form following each flower.  The seed pod is very woody, 5-7 cm in diameter.

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Jicama - Yam Bean - Delicious Mexican delicacy and Permaculture Plant!

The Pachyrhizus erosus, Mexican Turnip, Yam Bean or Jicama Bean – is a delicious and versatile root vegetable originating from Mexico and you can buy online!

This vigorous vine grows above ground and features white or blue flowers and bean pods.   It really is an attractive vine, and as a legume it will help to fix nitrogen in the soil.  All parts of this plant above ground ie. vine, stems and bean pods and seeds are poisonous as they contain a natural pesticide called rotenone.

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How to grow Heliconia

Did you know - That heliconias are related to bananas?  

Sourced from the shady lush forests of Central and South America, there are now over 200 recognised species of Heliconia and many more cultivars.  Spectacular tropical plants, they vary considerably in their habit and flowers.  Some grow upright, others hang like a pendant. The majority of Heliconia flaunt bold and extravagant shades of reds and yellows, with luscious green foliage. They grow from an underground system of roots known as ‘rhizomes’. These rhizomes can be used to grow more Heliconia, providing they are well looked after. The size a Heliconia will grow depends on the species and ranges from around 60cm - 5 metres!

How should I look after my Heliconia? 

Heliconias as a species grow in a wide variety of habitats worldwide including cool altitudes to warm humid tropical forest.  Looking after them is pretty straightforward. They love humid and warm climates – the heat does wonders for their growth!   They prefer temperatures over 20 degrees, although there are some varieties that will perform well in cooler areas, as far down the coast as Sydney.  Feed and water them regularly, but do not let them get waterlogged, as this puts their roots at risk of damage.

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Tropical plants and tropical gardens for hot, dry climates

There’s a tropical plant to suit every garden in Australia and I’ve compiled a list of some of our tropical plants which will thrive in hot climates. Hot climates can be a challenge for the gardener, unless you want to grow a rock garden or cacti garden!

Tropical gardens in hot, dry climates

The very hottest we’ve ever experienced on our property here was last year, when it hit 41.6 degrees. I know it gets much hotter than that in many other places of Australia. Rain is scarce here, and generally comes in the form of a sky-sized bucket, which tips 800mm onto the land in 3 days. Then, nothing for the rest of year.

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The Lipstick Palm (Cyrtostachys renda)

Buy Lipstick Palm seeds online

The Lipstick palm (or Red Sealing Wax Palm) is a stunning feather palm with a brilliantly, almost unbelievably vivid red trunk & crown shaft, found in lowland coastal swamps in SE Asia.

The Lipstick Palm is a medium sized, clumping palm which grows to around 6m tall. It is one of the most spectacular and colourful tropical palms and is in high demand as garden and landscaping plant.

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How do we pack and post our online plants?

Lush Plants Plant Nursery is committed to providing garden plants which arrive healthy and strong.  This starts with expert care in our plant nursery by growing strong plants, soaking them in Seasol seaweed solution to strengthen them for their journey, and excellent packaging methods.

Please note: our plants are shipped bareroot!

We guarantee your garden plants arrive safely or we will replace them for you!

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Payments for online plants orders

We accept:

  • Credit card payments (Processed through the Commonwealth Bank's secure payment system, CommWeb)
  • PayPal (You can use your PayPal account, credit card or debit card with this method)
  • Bank Deposit (Our bank details will be shown when you check out) 

Payment methods

  • Credit Card

We accept credit card payments through CommWeb; Commonwealth Bank's secure online payment system. Selecting this option will take you to the dedicated CommBank's payment page where you can complete your purchase.

If a CSV code is required, this is usually the last 3 digits on the back of your credit card. All transactions are through our secure site, which is secured with SSL and has three added layers of protection for your peace of mind.

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How to buy plants online @ Lush Plants

How to buy plants online @ Lush Plants Nursery Australia

  1. Browse our plants for sale, or select a specific category by hovering over the 'plant shop' button in the top menu.
  2. Use the green 'add to cart' button to add your plants to your cart. If a 'notify me' link is displayed instead of the 'add to cart' button, it means the product is out of stock. You can use this link to be notified once the products are back ins tock. 
  3. Once you have finished adding plants to your cart, go to your cart; located on the top menu.
  4. Click 'checkout' and select wether you want to checkout as a 'guest' or click 'show login' to create an account or login to an existing account. 
  5. Scroll down to enter your details.
  6. If you have a coupon code, enter it here (under the item list) and click 'save'
  7. Select a payment method; credit card, PayPal or Bank Deposit. 
  8. Read our 'Terms and Conditions', tick the 'agree' box and click 'confirm purchase'!
  9. If you selected 'Credit Card', you will now be taken to the secure processing facility via the Commonwealth Bank.
  10. If you selected 'PayPal', you will now be taken to the PayPal website to pay. 
  11. If you selected 'bank deposit', you will now see our bank details. 

Additional ordering info

Please scroll down for information regarding buying online plants & our online plants website. 


Buying plants online through Lush Plants plant nursery is a convenient way to buy plants online. The easiest way is to select a category under the 'plant shop' menu, located in the top menu. A list of categories will drop down when you mouse-over. You can select the ‘all online plants for sale’ category to view all online plants in stock.

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Current free gift with orders - Native Frangipani seeds

Native Australian Frangipani (Hymenosporum flavum)

This is such an amazing plant! You can grow the Native Frangipani as a shrub or a tree. Although it can reach a height of around 10m in warm and tropical areas, it will naturally grow smaller in colder regions. It also responds well to pruning, so simply keep it pruned at the height you want. 

The Native Frangipani native to most of the East Coast of Australia, right down to Sydney. It obviously grows very well in those regions! It will grow just about right around Australia, and is even moderately frost hardy. 

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