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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.
Bulletproof landscape plants. Not all plants are equal. Many require the soil and climate (amongst other things) to be 'just right'. The plants described in this article are the ones that deserve the title of 'bulletproof' and are a good starting point for an easy-care garden.
Allamanda blanchetii is a fast growing, evergreen climbing shrub with glossy green foliage. It has large, showy pink flowers in summer and autumn. It can be trained to cover fences and arbours, and also a standard. It is a good container plant. It is frost tender, so is best in tropical and sub-tropical areas. It can also be grown in warm sheltered spots in temperate climates.
Allamanda likes a fertile soil, and regular watering. Prune in early spring to encourage new flowering growth, and to shape the plant to the desired size. Fertilise in the warmer months.
Allamanda can become invasive in some areas.
The plant exudes a milky sap, which can be a skin irritant.
Flower colour: pink
Flowering season: summer autumn
Maximum height: 3 metres
Minimum height: not specified
Maximum width: 3 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Butterflies, birds.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 6.0-7.5
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.