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When it comes to pioneering new West Australian plants, there’s no one more
experienced than George Lullfitz, who has been involved in the Australian
nursery and floriculture industry for almost 40 years. He has embarked on
extensive seed collecting field trips across WA, and has been responsible for
both discovering new plants and introducing numerous varieties into cultivation.
His company, Lullfitz Nursery and Australian Plant Wholesalers, specialises in
the selection, development and commercial production of West Australian
plants for West Australian conditions. So who better to give us their favourite
picks from the native plant market?
Most popular plant? “Vertical plants are the trend, due to smaller gardens and
less space. People have been looking for small, medium and tall vertical plants
and ones that will grow well in shade.”
Most attractive new waterwise plant? “We have two equally versatile plants
for this category. Coral carpet PBR (Adenanthos cuneatus), which has colourful
foliage, is low-growing, hardy, provides excellent ground cover and looks great
mass planted; and little smokie PBR (Olearia axillaris), which has silvery-grey
foliage. It is the perfect partner for any foliage-contrast situation, but is also a
smart and tidy small hedge or border on its own.
Best new plant for narrow spaces? “Pencil (Adenanthos sericeus) for its neat
vertical form and suitability to all soils and coastal conditions. It takes full sun or
semi-shade and can be trimmed or pruned into a hedge. For the same reasons,
coastal column (Melaleuca ringens) is also worthwhile.”
Best little tree? “The beautiful Eucalyptus victrix, which has a very attractive
white bark, hence its common name little ghost gum. It is fast growing, up to
about four metres, and then stops.
Most attractive foliage? “Again, little ghost gum is the winner. It has
gently cascading branches with longish grey-green leaves.”
Lullfitz Nursery (08) 9405 1607, www.lullfitz.com.au.
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