One iconic rainforest species we saw on the course was the Red cedar (Toona ciliata) which was just coming into leaf, and looked like a little sunset against the green shades of the other plants around.
|The new leaves on red cedar are brownish-red|
A much smaller alternative is the Bleeding heart (or Homalanthus populifolius), which you can make out in the middle of the photo below. Its heart-shaped leaves, and their tendency to turn red before they fall off the tree, make it a decorative option.
|The centre of this shot shows a bleeding heart, |
including a few reddening leaves
|A well-decorated tree fern|
This picture shows one of the views from Coledale Rainforest Retreat, which is located on one of the escarpment benches, so you can look up at the sandstone rock-faces above.
|View of the top of he escarpment from Coledale|
Rainforest species are not for every garden. Our garden for example is on the north-facing slope of one of the Illawarra escarpment foothills, where the sunny and exposed conditions are not really suitable for rainforest. But gardens on south or east slopes, particularly those near a watercourse, could make use of rainforest species. And some, such as the bleeding heart, can cope in a wide range of conditions.