Garden Themes. This article describes various garden themes that should work well within Australia.
Best Australian natives for pots & small gardens. The trend towards smaller gardens has inspired the plant lovers in the nursery industry to respond with an ever-increasing range of Australian plants that will delight those who want to attract birds and butterflies and bring a little bit of the bush onto their balconies. From banksias to bottlebrush there are plants that will add colour and texture to provide year round interest.
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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.
Paola is an alstroemeria that has bi-coloured peach and crimson flowers.
Princess lillies are a compact form of alstroemeria that will flower through spring, summer and autumn. Good for border and container growing, they are rarely troubled with pests or diseases. When not in flower, they form a neat compact mound of foliage. The flowers make excellent cut flowers.
Alstroemeria will flower well in sunny or part shaded conditions. In hotter areas they may need protection from the summer sun, so a position in dappled shade in the middle of the day would be preferred, as well as a layer of mulch. They can go dormant in the middle of summer, but will reshoot and flower in autumn. Drought tolerant when established, they will flower better with regular watering and feeding. Too much water can lead to rotting, as will planting the crown too deep.
Flower colour: red
Flowering season: spring summer autumn
Maximum height: 0.4 metres
Minimum height: 0.3 metres
Maximum width: 0.4 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Bees.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-6.5
Planting season: All.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser applied regularly through the flowering season..