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Native wonders

For garden lovers looking for something more unusual, hard to get or interesting to plant, these recent additions to the Native Plant Project e-nursery will inspire you to start something new this Autumn…

“Our goal with Native Plant Project’s e-nursery is to offer a really diverse range of native varieties – especially those not typically seen elsewhere and ones that will provide some interest to people’s gardens large or small,” says Tamara, who oversees the ever expanding Native Plant Project nursery.

With Tamara’s keen eye for the more unusual as well as varieties gardeners will love, the e-nursery’s inventory is ever expanding with now over 100 different Australian native varieties available to order. Grown under her caring supervision at a private nursery in Merricks on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, these recent additions are amongst her favourites for gardeners (like her) who enjoy discovering something different to plant…

A wattle with a difference…

Acacia glaucoptera – ‘Clay wattle’ – this spreading shrub is a lesser known variety of acacia that will add intriguing, ornamental foliage to your garden. It’s red-tinged new growth brings added interest and pretty yellow spot flowers bloom in Spring. Prune it regularly to keep it looking its best and encourage new growth. Will happily tolerate up to -7 degree frosts and grow in part sun, but also handles full sun and a dappled shady spot too. Something unusual to try draping over retainer walls, as a low border plant or an interesting specimen in pots.  Available at our e-nursery. 

Blooming beauty…

Chamelaucium ‘Dancing Queen’ PBR – Geraldton Wax  – it’s the stunning double flowers that’s inspired the ‘Dancing Queen’ reference! A medium, upright shrub, this more unusual variety of the much loved Geraldton Wax makes for a great feature plant and cut flower. Happily grows in sand, loam and clay loam as long as there’s good drainage and can tolerate a light frost. Flowers profusely in Winter to Spring with dark reddish-purple buds that open to delightful ruffled lilac/pink blooms.  Add to a Native Plant Box. 

Chamelaucium ‘Dancing Queen’ PBR with delightful ruffled lilac and pink blooms

Curious ‘Cousin It’…

Dwarf Sheoak Casuarina glauca ‘Cousin It’

Casuarina glauca ‘Cousin It’ – this unusual plant is beautiful not so much for its flowers but for its magnificent cascading foliage.  Dwarf Sheoak will cope with a variety of soil types and works well spilling over rockeries or the side of pots or draped over hillocks.  It also works as an effective weed suppressant. Like most natives, it’s low maintenance and drought and frost tolerant. If it does experience heavy frost, top foliage may brown off but new growth will follow. Order from our e-nursery. 

Add a small bottle brush to your garden…

Callistemon viminalis ‘Pink Alma’  – mix up the classic red shades of Callistemon with the unusual, pretty mid-pink hues of ‘Pink Alma’. It’s a compact yet large shrub, forming attractive branches flowering profusely in spring and again (but less so) in autumn. Adaptable to sub-tropical to cool climates and most soil types, birds also live this adaptable variety.  Order from our e-nursery.

It makes scents…

Prostrate Lemon Scented Myrtle Darwinia citriodora prostrate form

Darwinia citriodora prostrate form – Prostrate Lemon Scented Myrtle – this spreading shrub will reward you with orange flowers from July to January, beautiful blue/green foliage with a lemony scent when crushed.  It can be used as an informal hedge, ground cover or in a pot, is drought tolerant and bird attracting. Order from the e-nursery.

Tactile and textural…

Banksia baueri - Teddy Bear Banksia flower cones

Banksia baueri ‘Teddy Bear Banksia’ – what’s not to love about this low maintenance, compact banksia variety? It can work equally as well in pots or in a smaller space in your garden, the birds will adore it and best of all, its large, woolly cream/orange flowers will turn heads from late winter to spring. Available at the e-nursery. 

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