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.
Top plants for hedges and screens. Hedges and screens in gardens create privacy or screen out an unwanted view. Learn about which plants are best for this.
Gymea Lilies - Doryanthes excelsa. Everything about the Gymea lily (Doryanthes excelsa) is larger than life. The bold foliage can reach over four metres in height and some majestic flower stems can reach over ten metres tall.
Winter Flowering Plants for the Garden. No Australian garden need be free of flowers in winter. Read this article to learn about some great winter flowering plants.
Banksia Little Eric is a great landscaping plant that adapts to a wide range of conditions, and puts on a lovely show of flowers even when neglected. It has masses of orange to red brush flowers that will bring birds and other nectar lovers to the garden. Blooms from autumn to spring. Likes a well drained soil, drought tolerant once established. Good for coastal sites.
Further reading: Growing Banksias (an article written by native plant expert Angus Stewart).
Flower colour: orange
Flowering season: spring summer autumn
Maximum height: 2 metres
Minimum height: 1.5 metres
Maximum width: 1.5 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Birds, bees, insects.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical.
Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.
Clay: dry, moist, well-drained.
Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 5.5-7.5
Native to: Australia.
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose fertiliser.