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.
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.
Garden Themes. This article describes various garden themes that should work well within Australia.
Grevilleas. Learn all about grevilleas from native plant expert Angus Stewart.
Grevillea 'Poorinda Peter' is a spreading medium shrub with very attractive dark green toothed leaves, bronze new growth and purple toothbrush-like flowers in winetr, spring and into summer. Good general garden shrub for larger areas or as a screen plant that is regularly pruned. Makes a good cut flower plant. Grows around 3 metres high and to 4 metres wide. Can take medium frost, so is good for cool climates through to subtropical.
Flower colour: purple
Flowering season: spring summer autumn winter
Maximum height: 3.5 metres
Minimum height: 2 metres
Maximum width: 4 metres
Minimum width: 3 metres
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Birds.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.
Native to: Australia.
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Low phosphorus native fertiliser.