At the end point of the Botanic Gardens don’t miss the spectacular Roe Gardens, whose peak season draw-cards include copper-cups (Pileanthus peduncularis), Verticordia cooloomia, red morrison (V. etheliana var. formosa), sand bottlebrush (Beaufortia squarrosa), smokebush (Conospermum spp.), yellow kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos pulcherrimus) and black kangaroo paw (Macropidia fuliginosa). The Roe Gardens include the Grevillea and Hakea Garden and some spectacular north-western sandplain flora, including the mottlecah plant (Eucalyptus macrocarpa), which grows up to five metres high. Mottlecah is one of the very few tall plants amongst the diverse northern sandplains flora in Roe Gardens.
Grevillea and Hakea Garden:
Lovers of honeyeaters take note of the Grevillea and Hakea Garden because the birds can not resist the super-abundance of nectar. Proteaceae are easy to grow, drought tolerant, flower for extended periods, respond well to pruning and grow as groundcovers, shrubs and trees, making this a great ‘inspirational’ garden for green thumbs looking for ideas to take home. Some of the more unusual (or unusually named) species include the cricket ball hakea (H. platysperma) named for its solid spherical fruits, white plume grevillea (G. leucopteris), which smells like old socks at dusk and dawn in order to attract moths to pollinate it, and the Grevillea armigera, otherwise known as ‘prickly toothbrushes’.