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. With an ever evolving line up of 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 help you start something…. 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
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
Scaevolea ‘Superclusters’ – Fan Flower
For a border, pot or even hanging basket this vigorous, small leafed ground cover flowers all through the warmer months. It likes a sunny spot but can grow in light shade. Resilient and low maintenance, it makes a great plant for poolside, decks, patios and courtyards.
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
Leptospermum ‘Piccolo’ ~ Tea Tree
This hardy little shrub is a great addition to courtyards, small gardens, in pots or mass planted for effect in rockeries or large tubs. Enjoy its show of crimson flowers during late Spring and the nectar loving insects it attracts. Plant in most soil types, in open, sunny or lightly shaded positions and be sure to trim after flowering if needed. Keep it in good shape with a slow release native fertiliser in spring or late summer.