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Grevillea poorinda 'Elegance'

grevillea poorinda 'Elegance'

A hybrid species with Grevillea juniperina and G. alpina X G. obtusifolia as its parents. A medium sized spreading shrub reaching 1.5m in height and 2m in width. Narrow elliptical leaves to 4cm in length and loose yellow flowers with pink styles.
 
originHybrid species.
cultural notesA hardy species that prefers well drained soils in full sun or part shade.
maintenanceCan be pruned in Spring to maintain shape and make the flowers more prominent.
toleratesDrought and frost tolerant.
flowering seasonSummer and Autumn.
flower colourLoose spider-like flowers, yellow with bright pink styles.
foliage colourLeaves are shiny vibrant green and narrow elliptical. They grow to 4cm In length.
widthup to 2m
heightup to 1.5m
plant spacing50cm apart
recommended usesUseful as a hedge, either shaped or informal. An attractive feature plant.

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bird attracting
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clay soils
coastal gardens

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soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage
reasonable drainage

Leptospermum obovatum

blunt-leaf tea tree

A dense upright shrub growing to 4m in height and spreading 2m. Aromatic dark green to grey-green foliage with blunt tips. Creamy white flowers occuring in summer.
 
originNSW, ACT, Vic
cultural notesA hardy shrub tolerant of most soils provided they are not waterlogged. Can be grown in full sun to heavy shade.
maintenanceCan be lighly pruned if necessary.
toleratesTolerant of frost, drought and low nutrient soils.
flowering seasonSummer.
flower colourCreamy white flowers to 12mm in diameter.
foliage colourThe leaves are dark green to grey-green, leathery and can be narrow or broad to 2cm in length.
widthup to 2m
heightup to 4m
plant spacing80cm apart
recommended usesUseful as a screen or informal hedge.

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bird attracting
coastal gardens
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frost tolerant
kangaroo proof
small plants for small gardens
verge planting

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soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage

Grevillea rosmarinifolia nana

dwarf rosemary grevillea

A compact form of Grevillea rosmarinifolia. A dense shrub growing to 1m in height and spreading 2m. It has dark green narrow linear leaves and red spider-like flowerheads.
 
originCultivar.
cultural notesHardy in temperate climates. Adaptable to most soils with free drainage. Grow in full sun or part shade.
maintenanceCan be pruned to maintain shape. Will tolerate hard pruning if required.
toleratesTolerant of frost and drought.
flowering seasonWinter, Spring and Summer
flower colourRed spider-like flowers held amongst the foliage..
foliage colourDark green linear leaves to 2cm in length. Similar to the leaves of the Rosemary plant.
widthup to 2m
heightup to 1m
plant spacing50cm apart
recommended usesA hardy species useful as a low hedge or border, in rockeries or as a container plant.

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bird attracting
bog gardens
clay soils
coastal gardens
hedges, screens and windbreaks
kangaroo proof
shady gardens

project type

urban and commercial
residential

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage
reasonable drainage

Melaleuca armillaris

bracelet honey myrtle

A small to medium sized tree growing to 8m in height and 7m in width. A spreading canopy of narrow, dark green needle-like foliage and white, occassionally pink, cylindrical flower spikes in spring and summer.
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originNSW, Vic.
cultural notesFast growing and adaptable to most soils and aspects.
maintenanceCan be pruned lightly after flowering.
toleratesTolerant of drought and salt spray, tolerant of frost once established.
flowering seasonSpring and Summer.
flower colourCylinderical, bottlebrush-style flowers to 5cm in length. Red or pink buds open to white and occassionally pink flowers. The fruit are small woody capsules.
foliage colourDark green needle-like leaves to 2.5 cm in length.
widthup to 7m
heightup to 8m
plant spacing200cm apart
recommended usesA useful screen plant or windbreak. Bird habitat.
 
plant image creditsCreative Commons License Eug

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butterfly attracting
small plants for small gardens

project type

urban and commercial
residential

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage

Indigofera australis

austral indigo

An open spreading shrub growing to 2m in height and width. Blue-grey foliage and sprays of mauve-pink pea-shaped flowers in spring are a feature of this plant.
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originAll Australian states.
cultural notesA hardy plant that adapts to full sun or full shade and flowers well in both. It is not fussy about soils provided they are well drained.
maintenanceShould be pruned from early age to encourade an attractive shape. Can be pruned quite hard but pruning into old wood should be avoided.
toleratesFrost and drought tolerant once established.
flowering seasonLate Winter, Spring, early Summer.
flower colourMauve pink pea style flowers occur in long heads.
foliage colourBlue-green pinnate leaves to 10cm in length with a soft, velvety texture.
widthup to 2m
heightup to 2m
plant spacing50cm apart
recommended usesAn attractive shrub that is under-utilised as a garden plant.
 
plant image creditsCreative Commons License Pkravchenko

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bird attracting
coastal gardens
flowers and showy seed heads

project type

urban and commercial

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage

Grevillea baueri

grevillea baueri

A dense sprawling shrub growing to 1.5m in height and spreading 3m. The mid green leaves are oblong in shape, growing to 25mm long. Tight heads of pink and cream flowers are produced in winter and spring.
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originNSW.
cultural notesA hardy plant tolerant of most soils provided they are well drained. Grow in full sun or light shade.
maintenancePrune lightly if necessary.
toleratesFrost and drought tolerant.
flowering seasonWinter and Spring.
flower colourSpider flower clusters are pink and cream in colour.
foliage colourThe leaves are mid green, oblong in shape and closely packed onto the stems. The new growth often has a bronze-red tinge.
widthup to 3m
heightup to 1.5m
plant spacing100cm apart
recommended usesA hardy low growing shrub useful as a hedge or border plant.
 
plant image creditsCreative Commons License Danielle Langlois

plant type

native trees and shrubs


water      hardiness





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bird attracting
butterfly attracting
clay soils
coastal gardens
small plants for small gardens
verge planting

project type

urban and commercial
residential

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage

Leptospermum 'Pink Cascade'

leptospermum 'Pink Cascade'

Thought to be a hybrid between Leptospermum polygalifolium 'Pacific Beauty' and Leptospermum continentale. A spreading shrub with an arching or weeping habit , growing to 80cm in height and spreading 1.5m. Profuse pink flowers are borne in spring.
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originHybrid species.
cultural notesWill tolerate a range of soils but is happiest in moist soils with good drainage. Grow in full sun or part shade.
maintenanceCan be pruned lightly to maintain shape.
toleratesFrost and drought tolerant.
flowering seasonSpring and Summer.
flower colourPink flowers to 20mm in diameter are borne along the arching stems.
foliage colourNarrow lance-shaped leaves grow to 15mm in length and are mid to dark green in colour.
widthup to 1.5m
heightup to 0.8m
plant spacing50cm apart
recommended usesA useful feature plant or in rockeries or for growing over retaining walls.
 
plant image creditsCreative Commons License S.L. Prior

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bird attracting
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groundcovers
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lawn alternatives
small plants for small gardens

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soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
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good drainage

Grevillea lanigera 'Mt Tamboritha'

grevillea lanigera 'Mt Tamboritha'

A dense groundcover spreading to 1.5m. Narrow leaves are grey-green and finely haired, giving them a soft woolly appearance. Flowers are spider-like clusters and can be red or pinkish-cream.
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originNSW. Vic.
cultural notesA very hardy plant that prefers a sunny position and well drained soils in cooler climates. Dislikes humidity.
maintenanceCan be pruned to maintain shape.
toleratesFrost and drought tolerant.
flowering seasonLate Winter and Spring.
flower colourRed or cream flowers occur in spider-like clusters.
foliage colourNarrow oblong shaped leaves are dark green but fine white hairs give them a greyish, woolly appearance.
widthup to 1.5m
heightup to 0.3m
plant spacing100cm apart
recommended usesAn attractive groundcover often used in rockeries. More compact than many of the other prostrate Grevilleas.
 
plant image creditspublic domain

plant type

native trees and shrubs


water      hardiness





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bird attracting
bog gardens
butterfly attracting
clay soils
coastal gardens
hedges, screens and windbreaks
shady gardens

project type

urban and commercial
residential
erosion control

ecosystem type

woodland
riparian

Leptospermum lanigerum

Woolly tea tree

large erect dense shrub or small tree with small white flowers. Smooth bark and often silvery new growth
Leptospermum_lanigerum.jpg
 
originact, nsw, tas, victoria, sa
cultural notesmoderate growth rate, long lived and very hardy. Will grow in full sun or part shade in most soil conditions
maintenancemay be pruned annually to shape or tip prune to encourage bushy growth
toleratesdrought & frost
flowering seasonsummer
flower colourprolific white 5-petalled circular (15mm) flowers followed by small, woody fruits containing many seeds. The fruit remains unopened on the plant until they are removed or the plant dies.
foliage colourattractive grey oblong to narrow leaves with downy texture on new growth
widthup to 2m
heightup to 3m
plant spacing200cm apart to 400cm for specimen planting, 100-200cm for mass planting
recommended usesspecimen plant, also attractive hedging and screening and can be shaped into a more formal hedge, pond edges and bog gardens. It provides an excellent habitat for wildlife. Also excellent in controlling erosion in creeks and gullies.
 
plant image creditsCreative Commons License cs california

plant type

native trees and shrubs


water      hardiness





top ten

bird attracting
coastal gardens
flowers and showy seed heads

project type

urban and commercial
residential

soil type and drainage

light - sandy soils
medium - loamy soils
heavy - clay soils
good drainage
reasonable drainage

Grevillea poorinda 'Firebird'

grevillea poorinda 'Firebird'

Thought to be a hybrid of Grevillea speciosa and Grevillea oleoides. A medium sized shrub growing to 2m in height and width. Bright red spider-like flower clusters.
 
originHybrid species.
cultural notesA hardy and reliable plant that is tolerant of most soils. Prefers full sun and reasonable drainage.
maintenanceCan be pruned to maintain shape.
toleratesDrought and frost tolerant. Adaptable to most Australian climates.
flowering seasonLate Winter and Spring.
flower colourAbundant bright red spider-like flower clusters.
foliage colourNarrow grey-green leaves.
widthup to 2m
heightup to 2m
plant spacing50cm apart
recommended usesAn attractive screen or hedge plant.

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