Showcasing WA’s flora and urban design

​Entry points into Perth CBD are beaming with beautiful native flora and hardscaped designs, showcasing our unique WA landscapes and improving visual connectivity across our city.

Approximately 91,000 plants including 1,000 native trees have been planted as part of our ‘Wildflower Capital Initiative’.

Benefits have already been realised, including increased birdlife and bee populations around the plants and reduction of sizable lawns requiring ongoing maintenance in difficult to reach areas.

Guided by Noongar culture of six seasons

Each site features selections of species inspired by the Noongar culture’s cycle of the six seasons, creating blooms all year round.

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Images: Banksia prionotes, Causeway entry into the city and Northbridge Tunnel

Other features include hardscaping from various forms of contrasting granite, sands and stone in a range of colours and patterns. Some of the materials were sourced from Bunbury, Mukinbudin, Carnarvon, Toodyay and Moora.

Colour palettes for the urban design treatments draw inspiration from seeds, pods, leaves and flowers from native trees such as Eucalyptus macrocarpa, Eucalyptus megacornuta as well as Banksias and Acacia glaucoptera.

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Water management is a key consideration and triggered a trial of the COCOON® water system at one of the locations.

Trees were planted within a water-filled biodegradable shell that acts as a temporary water reservoir and provides moisture during establishment, encouraging deeper tree taproot development and increasing tree survivability rates in an unirrigated environment.

Where you can discover the designs 

You will be able to see these beautiful designs if you’re travelling to the city from the Causeway, Graham Farmer Freeway, Great Eastern Highway, Mitchell Freeway and Mounts Bay Road. If using paths alongside these key areas, you’ll discover a sense of place, pride and appreciation of our unique West Australian flora.

This initiative wouldn’t have been possible without the contributions of our collaborative partners at the City of Perth, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Office of the Government Architect, Burswood Park Board, Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, and relevant local government authorities.

Modified: 24 Jun 2020