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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 delight…

“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 plans for over 100 different Australian native varieties available to order by Spring.  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…

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. 

A wattle with a difference…

Acacia aphylla ‘Leafless Rock Wattle’ Foliage close-up

Acacia aphylla ‘Leafless Rock Wattle’ – this shrubby wattle is particularly beautiful for its complex, spiny leafless branch structure. A native from WA, it loves full or part sun and well drained soil and will reward you with yellow flowers from late winter to mid spring. Drought and frost tolerant too. Grows up to 2.5m high.  Available at our e-nursery. 

A blooming delight…

Veronica perfoliata ‘Diggers Speedwell’ – the foliage and flowers of this variety combine to create an eye catching edging or border plant. Its round leaves resemble the juvenile foliage of some eucalypts and pretty blue/purple flowers bloom right throughout Summer. If it gets a bit woody it can be pruned to almost ground level after flowering. Tolerates light frost and full sun to part shade.
Order from the e-nursery.

Bold and beautiful…

Dryandra Formosa ‘Showy Dyandra’ macro close up of flower

Dryandra Formosa ‘Showy Dyandra’ – the highlight of this medium sized shrub is its gorgeous yellowy orange flowers produced in Spring – which look fabulous in a vase. Be sure to plant this variety in well drained soil and a full sun to part shade position. Drought resistant and can handle a light frost.  Add to a Native Plant Box. 

Add a small bottle brush to your garden…

Callistemon subulatus ‘Brogo Overflow’

Callistemon subulatus ‘Brogo Overflow’ – this lesser known bottle brush is a small shrub that works well as a low hedge and also in a container. It’s long flowering season from late Winter through to Summer of red flowers attracts nectar loving birds. Pruning after flowering will encourage a more dense habit. Prefers full sun or light shade.  Order from our 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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