Native plant love


Have you noticed the deciduous magnolias in flower?
It is amazing how the plants sense spring could be coming, that is because the soil is warming deep beneath the surface.

Wattles are blooming, their bright yellow blooms flower along the roads and highways.
We don’t plant enough wattles in home gardens. They are assets: one, they flower in winter, and two, they grow quickly.
They are ideal to plant in new gardens where privacy is needed – sure, they aren’t everlasting, but with a yearly prune, their lifespan is extended.

My favourite native shrub is Geraldton Wax. These beautiful plants originate from Western Australia and require a well-drained, sunny position.
Have you also noticed the tall-stemmed Gymea Lily growing in abundance on local bushland?
The large, red flower of Doryanthus excelsa (Gymea) is hardy and great for a centrepiece in a large garden surrounded by Kangaroo Paw.

Although my favourite native is Geraldton Wax, my choice for native birds and providing lovely long stems of flowers are grevilleas.

Ideal for cutting and for screening are Honey Gem, Misty Pink, Sandra Gordon and Moonlight.

This week

  • This is an ideal time to transplant deciduous trees that have been planted in the wrong spot.
  • Once camellias finish flowering, feed with cow manure and mulch the surface with peat moss.
  • Be careful pruning now – don’t prune spring-flowering trees and shrubs.

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