Expert Tips

Going to Ground

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 Ground Covers…

#1. Violacea hederacea – Native Violet

Excellent showy ground cover for shady places, or semi-shade – and will grow in most climatic zones, provided it gets adequate water through the year.  Has creeping stems which root as they spread.

#2. Hemiandra pungens – Snakebush

This Summer flowering prickly dense ground cover has bright green leaves with very showy purple or white flowers. Plant in full sun.

#3 Conostylis candicans – Grey Cottonhead

The grey/silver foliage provides excellent contrast with other plants in the garden, and accentuates the yellow globular flower heads in spring. Ideal for mass planting in full sun.

#4 Banksia blechnifolia – ground cover banksia

This dramatic ground cover has reddish new growth and fern like leaves, velvety flowerheads rise up from the ground in Spring.

#5 Thryptomene baeckeacea – Kalbarri form

Look out for this particular form – it’s a spreading ground cover that roots as it spreads and has pink flowers in spring. Great for providing cover quickly in bare patches throughout the garden.

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”…