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PLANT GUIDE top plants
The mallees are
some of the toughest
of Australian plants
and the textures,
colours and shapes
of flowers, foliage,
bark and fruit
make them amazing
DWARF OLIVE, NON-FRUITING |
Olea europa nana
A fantastic new non-fruiting dwarf olive, useful for
landscaping. Originating in Mediterranean regions
and Western Asia, it’s very drought-tolerant once
established and can be trained as a low hedge or
used in topiary and espalier. Foliage is olive green
with silver underside and cream insignificant
flowers in spring.
HEIGHT AND SPREAD 1.2x1.2m.
Can be pruned much lower for a hedge.
ASPECT Best in full sun.
SOIL TYPES Any free-draining soil.
CARE Prune to shape, feed using a
Grevillea nudiflora |
This can be hard to source unless you go to a
specialist native nursery. Native to the South West
of WA, I’ve seen it growing on the rugged cliffs on
the south coast near the Fitzgerald River National
Park, making it perfect for alkaline coastal soils and
wind-blown spots, such as verge plantings. It has
red flowers from early spring to early autumn.
HEIGHT AND SPREAD 0.2x1.5m.
ASPECT Grows happily in full sun and is tolerant
of shade under trees.
SOIL Coastal sand and most well-drained soils.
CARE Once established it requires very little
attention. Prune to shape, and use slow-release
fertiliser for natives.
BELL FRUITED MALLEE |
Spectacular yellow flowers against blue-grey foliage.
This small mallee has quite a stiff architectural form,
making it useful as a feature plant. The mallees are
very under-utilised as garden plants. They are some
of the toughest of Australian plants and the textures,
colours and shapes of flowers, foliage, bark and
fruit make them amazing focal plants.
HEIGHT AND SPREAD 3x2m.
ASPECT Enjoys full sun.
SOIL TYPES Most soils, including coastal regions.
CARE Easy care once established, prune to shape,
use slow-release fertiliser for natives.
NATIVE FRANGIPANI |
Has a fairly narrow growth habit and a root system
that isn’t known to cause problems, making it
ideal for small gardens. While its common name
comes from the common frangipani, it bears no
resemblance in appearance. The native frangipani
is hardy once established, but grows better in very
dry climates if supplementary water is available.
HEIGHT AND SPREAD 8x5m in cultivation.
ASPECT It flowers best in an open, sunny position,
but can be grown successfully in shady areas.
SOIL TYPES Most well-drained soils,
organic content preferable.
CARE Once established very little care is needed,
water regularly until well established.
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