External privacy screens. External privacy screens began to appear in Australian residential and commercial building during the 1950's and 1960's, as a direct result of high density living and higher incomes. For more information and some examples read this article.
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.
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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.
Gomphrena 'Empress' is an attractive native plant with purple globe shaped flowers on grey green foliage. It performs best as an annual plant, and will flower for most of the year with blooms that last for months on the plant and can be cut for vases. Best in full sun in well drained soil in an open position with good air flow. A light prune every few months will encourage a fresh flush of flowers and tidy the plant. A handful of slow release fertiliser will be appreciated. Attracts butterflies.
Flower colour: purple
Flowering season: spring summer autumn winter
Maximum height: 0.3 metres
Minimum height: 0.2 metres
Maximum width: 0.4 metres
Minimum width: 0.3 metres
This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Butterflies, insects.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical.
Loam: moist, well-drained.
Clay: moist, well-drained.
Native to: Australia.
Planting season: Spring.
Types of fertiliser: Slow release fertiliser.