Thanks to plant hunters and breeders there Is now a stunning array of new generation Australian plants now available at your local nursery. These have been chosen not only for their low maintenance requirements, but they are beautiful; a perfect addition to any garden.
Acacia cognata 'Lime Magik'
A pendulous feature tree or screen measuring 4 x 3 m, Acacia ‘Lime Magik’ has striking lime-green foliage, complemented in late winter/spring by soft yellow flowers, this native could easily be grown for its foliage alone. It is frost hardy, best in full sun to a partly shaded position, protected from wind. It is ideal for mass plantings and excellent for weed suppression over large areas. It will grow up to 70cm a year. 150mm - $20 200mm - $30
Acacia cognata 'Mini Cog'
A low growing compact variety of Acacia that forms emerald green mounds with lime green new growth, it provides a lush look in dry gardens and is visually stunning mass planted in pots. It tolerates full sun to dappled shade and needs well drained soil to thrive. Very little maintenance is required other than tip-pruning to retain shape and the application of a slow release native fertilizer once a year. 150mm - $15 200mm - $20
Adenanthos sericeus ‘Silver Streak’
Until recently, most people were unaware of the Australian Woolly Bush; now it's one of the most popular native plants available. You want to cuddle it - the foliage is so soft! This upright form of the Woolly Bush has striking silver foliage that contrasts beautifully with green or burgundy-foliaged plants. It can be a tough but beautiful hedge or screen and has small, tubular, bird-attracting red flowers all year round but its real feature is its foliage. Suitable for both part shade and full sun and extremely drought-tolerant, it is the perfect addition to any water-wise garden! 200mm pot - $25
Banksia spinulosa 'Birthday Candles'
Tailor-made for small gardens, this variety of Banksia is a proven performer. A compact, dwarf shrub measuring 35cm x 50-60cm, it has a profusion of nectar-rich golden-orange candles from late summer to winter. Remove spent flowers to promote new growth and trim to shape in spring or late summer. 140mm- $25
Ptilotus exaltatus 'Phoenix'
This outstanding specimen provides colour for nearly nine months of the year, holdings its masses of feathery musk-pink flowers from early spring to late autumn. A compact plant at just 40 cm tall from, it is extremely effective en masse in garden beds or in pots on the balcony. It thrives in tough in dry conditions and, once established, needs very little water and in fact can be over-watered. 140mm - $15
www.scottsaustralia.com.au - (potting mix)
www.northcotepottery.com.au - (pots)
www.fiskars.com - (tools)
Mt Evelyn, Victoria