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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.
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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.
The Dorrigo Waratah, Alloxylon pinnatum, is a very attractive small tree with its dark green glossy leaves and large red wheel-like flower heads. Can flower from spring to autumn, and will attract lots of nectar feeding birds. The flowers last well in a vase. It can be difficult to establish but give it a sheltered position in a deep, well-drained loamy soil and you will be richly rewarded. It makes a wonderful feature tree. It will grow to around 6 metres in cultivation, though it can grow to 20 metres in its natural habitat. Best in warm temperate climates, but can take light frosts.
Flower colour: Red
Flowering season: spring summer
Maximum height: 20 metres
Minimum height: 10 metres
Maximum width: 12 metres
Minimum width: 8 metres
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Birds - nectar feeding.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Sand: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-6
Native to: Australia.
Planting season: autumn to spring.
Types of fertiliser: Low phosphorus.