Native grasses and friends. An exciting thing is happening in the world of Australian plants. Wild species that have tantalised gardeners in the past are now being improved to create a diverse palette of new varieties that offer all kinds of advantages. In particular, the necessity for water-wise, low maintenance gardens has inspired interest in plants that can be used as ground covers that will not only suppress weeds and erosion but also look fantastic.
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Prostanthera 'Poorinda Ballerina' is a small to medium dense shrub with small leaves and masses of white flowers in spring. Much tougher than other Prostantheras. Grows to around one and a half metres tall and wide. Can be clipped as a hedge or used as a feature shrub or pot plant. Performs best in a moist well drained soil in sun or part shade. The plant can be pruned back by a third to encourage a dense habit. Frost tolerant.
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Flower colour: white
Flowering season: spring
The foliage has a mint-menthol scent.
Maximum height: 2 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres
Maximum width: 1.5 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Sand: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 6-7.5
Native to: Australia.
Planting season: not specified.
Types of fertiliser: not specified.
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About: Sydney Wildflower Nursery is a wonderful specialist Australian plant nursery that stocks a very wide range. So if you are looking for something a bit unusual then visit Dave Rose down at Heathcote in the south of Sydney. To learn more about the Sydney Wildlife Nursery see this YouTube video.