Expert Tips

Picks for Pots

Digby Growns is the Senior Plant Breeder at Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Western Australia and one of the country’s leading native plant experts. Digby lives, breathes and speaks plant botany and is here to share some expert tips for your own Native Plant Project…

Digby’s Top 5 Flowering Plants for Pots…

#1. Pimelea physodes – Qualup Bell

This is an iconic West Australian native that’s great for pots as it’s difficult to grow in the ground. Best for a sunny spot or semi shade, with fantastic bell flower heads in Spring.

#2. Darwinia meelboldii – Cranbrook Bell

This is another iconic WA plant that’s difficult to cultivate but rewards you with spectacular red bell flowers in Spring if planted in pots.

#3 Grevillea ‘Scarlet Moon’

While this grevillea can be happily grown in the ground, they look amazing as a feature plant in a large ornamental pot. Best in a sunny spot, they’ll provide year-round large scarlet flowers with white stems and buds.

#4 Lechenaultia biloba & Hibbertia stellaris

The deep orange and blue colour combination brings out the best in both of these herbaceous plants come Spring time. Both are difficult to grow in the ground but do very well in a pot or hanging basket.

#5 Boronia megastigma, B. purdieana, B. ‘Lipstick’ & B. molloyae

The combination of these boronia provides exquisite fragrance from autumn (B. purdieana) to spring (B. megastigma) with bright yellow, pink and red colours. Shade or semi-shade, grow in a breezy position or near a walkway to get the benefits of the beautiful fragrance.

Clockwise from left: Boronia ‘Lipstick’ as a topiary, the showy Qualup Bell & Boronia megastigma.
Clockwise from left: ‘Cranbook Bell’ with its spectacular red bell flowers, Grevillea ‘Scarlet Moon’ makes a striking feature plant in an ornamental pot & Hibbertia stellaris works well to create contrast in flowering pots.

Meet our Native Plant Project Expert ~

Digby Growns is the Senior Plant Breeder at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. He manages programs in the breeding and development of Anigozanthos, Boronia, Chamelaucium, Corymbia, Grevillea, Leptospermum and Scaevola.  He has worked for many years on the development of Australian native plants for horticulture and over 40 new varieties of native plants including the hybrid Chamelaucium ‘Pearlflower’ series and Grevillea ‘RSL Spirit of ANZAC’. He leads research into new technology developments in plant tissue culture, biotechnology and plant breeding. Digby shares his knowledge with Native Plant Project in a regular ‘Top 5 Picks”…