If the start to 2023 has you all energised to try something new in the garden, why not use our tips for planting much loved Australian natives with a twist to inspire your next project.
Our e-nursery manager, Tamara, shares the favourites she’s been growing…
The Kangaroo Paw, but not as you know it…
Crimson reds, bright golden yellows, lime green and even tangerine orange are colours we’ve come to know and love in the ever-popular kangaroo paw – but more recently, a special breeding program has seen the creation of highly unique blue hued and purple varieties. These exciting new additions to the Kangaroo Paw family bred by Kings Park Botanic Garden took nearly a decade to develop and brings stunning new colour dimensions to your garden with intriguing year-round blue and purple flowers. Multi-plant in pots to create interest in courtyard gardens, or add spectacular washes of colour to larger spaces by planting en masse or as borders. They also make superb cut flowers. Best suited to full sun / partly shaded positions in well-draining soil. Low maintenance as well as frost, salt and drought hardy, we suggest you prune after flowering to encourage new growth.
We’re excited to be now growing the Anigozanthos Celebrations ‘Carnivale’ PBR (the purpled hued variety) and Anigozanthos ‘Masquerade’ (blue flowering) – both in limited supply – at our e-nursery to share with fellow native plant enthusiasts, be sure to snap up yours to bring something highly prized to your outdoor space. Order here.
Get creative with gorgeous grevillea..
Grevillea can sometimes be thought of as a little straggly, but this classic Australian native can be the ultimate dense shrub filled with textural interest, interesting foliage and a delightful array of flowers from creamy lemons and apricots to more brilliant oranges and reds. Don’t limit their application, try them in pots, plant along a retaining wall, create a screen or use to great effect as a hedging plant. Just be sure to prune shrub varieties once a year to encourage dense bushy growth – best done at the end of spring after the main flush of flowers has finished but it can also be done in autumn. This otherwise low-maintenance plant is also loved by birds too.
Consider the pretty ice pink hues of Grevillea ‘Coconut Ice’ if you need a medium sized shrub in your garden that can be both singular statement or planted en masse as a screening plant. The options are endless for Grevillea ‘Robyn Gordon’, a compact, year-round bright red flowering variety that is happy in a wide range of soil types and climates. We particularly love it mass planted for a low hedge effect. Or seek out Grevillea juniperina ‘H22’ PBR Gold Cluster, a great ever-green shrub with attractive groupings of golden flowers that droop and hang making it a great choice for mass planting over retaining walls.
Check out all the gorgeous grevillea in stock at our e-nursery. Start exploring here.
Try Banksia spinulosa ‘Coastal Cushion’, a vigorous growing ground cover that produces beautiful golden spike flowers through Autumn and Winter. You could also give this variety a go in containers and pots too.