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Native Plant Project Wonders

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

“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…

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Acacia cognata ‘Lime Magik’ – this cheerfully bright large shrub to small tree has a pendulous habit with striking foliage in strong shades of glowing, lime-green. It makes for a stunning screen, hedge planting or a feature specimen and is particularly stunning amongst other deeper green foliage plants. An abundance of very soft yellow flowers put on a show in late Winter and Spring. Ensure an open, sunny to lightly shaded spot.   Available at the Native Plant Project E-Nursery

Dark and dramatic…

Banksia spinulosa ‘Black Magic’ – if you’re looking for a banksia with a difference, this small shrub is an ideal variety for bringing some native drama and impact to a garden either by mass planting, in small groups or dotted in rockeries and smaller gardens or added to containers for a statement on decks, courtyards or balconies. Golden flowers contrasting with black for a striking effect appear from Winter to Spring and is appreciated by nectar loving birds. Tolerates light frost and a light drought and best planted in full sun to part shade in a well-drained soil.  Add to a Native Plant Box at our E-Nursery here.

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Add a small bottle brush to your garden…

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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.

Curious ‘Cousin It’…

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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. 

A versatile variety for almost every gardening need…

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Kennnedia prostrata – ‘Kennedy Pink Postie’ – try this variety as a ground cover or restrained climber on banks, hanging baskets, to spill over retaining walls, on a trellis or unsightly fence thanks to a spread of around a metre and a half. With leathery green leaves and pink flowers that boast a lime centre from Spring to Winter, ensure this variety is kept moist (but in well drained soil) and find a sun to half shade spot for it to go to work.  Order for delivery from the e-nursery.

Pretty and practical…

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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.  Add it to a Native Plant Box at our E-Nursery. 

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