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Create your own Native Plant Box

If you’re falling in love with the idea of gardening for the first time or reigniting a love affair, the Native Plant Project e-nursery is a great place to start. Now with over 100 varieties ready to pick, mix and create a Native Plant Box for delivery to your door, these latest additions to the online nursery will add interest to your garden, large or small.

Backhousia citriodora ~ Lemon Myrtle

We love this variety – for both its use as a bush food as well as its ornamental qualities. A small to medium tree with glossy green aromatic leaves and fluffy white flowerheads from Summer through to Autumn, it also offers culinary uses for flavouring all sorts of dishes. It can be kept as a shrub with regulary pruning. Be sure to plant in a sunny spot with well drained soil and feed regularly during the warmer months of the year. Typically a rainforest specimen, it can take light frosts, but the foliage will be damaged.

H: 3-8m W: 1-5m

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Hakea ‘Burrendong Beauty’

This highly ornamental and hardy ground cover form of Hakea produces dramatic, ‘pin cushion’ style flowers that bud up in Autumn, with deep pink flowers opening through Winter with contrasting white stamens. Spectacular when in flower, be sure to find a spot in the garden for this to be on show or try it in a pot for dramatic effect. Best suited to low humidity areas; light pruning will help create a bushier growth. Birds, insects and lizards love this variety too.

H:0.5-1.5m W: 1.5-3m

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Goodenia ovate ‘Gold Cover’

On banks and retaining walls, a filler plant under shrubs and trees, as a ground covering, in containers or hanging baskets for courtyards and patios – this Goodenia is a most adaptable native variety. Lush green foliage and massed golden yellow flowers put on a show in the warmer months of the year. Prune every so often to keep growth dense and use a little slow release fertilizer to help this otherwise very low maintenance ground cover look its best.

H: 0.2m  W: 1-2m

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Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’

What’s not to love about one of the most popular grevilleas – it’s growth is compact, flowers all year round, attracts birds and is happy in a wide range of soil types and climates. Keep trimming off spent flowers and feed in spring with a good native fertilizer to keep this otherwise low maintenance plant in top shape. Try it in full sun or light shade, in containers, mass planted for a low hedge effect, within a flower bed – the options are endless.

H: 1-1.5m W: 0.5-1.5m

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Tasmania lanceolata (male) ~ ‘Mountain Pepper’ 

A native of Tasmania, this dense evergreen shrub with leathery, cinnamon-scented leaves and reddish-purple stems is named for the pungent, hot-tasting essential oils in the leaves. Clusters of small, sweet-smelling, creamy white or pale yellow blooms appear in late winter and early spring, followed by shiny, dark red fruit that turns black when ripe. It works well as a hedge plant or privacy screen, or holds its own as a focal point in the garden. It’s best way to grow mountain pepper is to purchase male and female plants. Can tolerate full sun, but prefers partial shade especially when afternoons are hot. Once planted, water regularly to establish especially on hot days. Prune lightly in Spring to maintain the natural form.

H:3-5m W:3-4

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