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PLANT GUIDE top plants
MUDGEE WATTLE | Acacia spectabilis
One of the features I love about this tree is the
silvery white bark on the trunks – it looks fantastic
in groups and makes a waterwise alternative to
the silver birch with the golden yellow flowers
spectacular in late winter and spring. Easy to grow,
but can be short-lived in sandy soils.
HEIGHT AND SPREAD 4x3m.
ASPECT Grows quickly and flowers best in full
sun or dappled shade.
SOIL Most well-drained soils. Grows dense in heavy
soils and more slender and open in sandy soils.
CARE No special care, under-prune to raise the
height of the canopy if necessary.
EMU BUSH |
One of the most underrated genus around. From
inland Australia, eremophilas are extremely hardy
and often showy in summer. This one produces
orange flowers on grey foliage for an eye-catching
display through the warmer months. Most of the
eremophilas are regarded as bulletproof!
HEIGHT AND SPREAD 1x1m.
ASPECT Enjoys full sun.
SOIL TYPES Most soils.
CARE Very drought tolerant and easy care,
and –as stated above – bulletproof.
RED FLOWERING GUM |
Corymbia (recently changed
from Eucalyptus) ficifolia
SMALL EVERGREEN TREE
This is one of the most widely cultivated of all
eucalypts. The foliage is glossy, dark green and the
big clusters of summer flowers (hybrids range from
bright orange to deep pink and shades in between)
are showy and colourful. Growers are now grafting
Corymbia ficifolia, so you can buy the flower colour
of your choice and rootstock to suit your soil type.
HEIGHT AND SPREAD 6x4m.
ASPECT Best in full sun.
SOIL TYPES Will tolerate most soils except
heavy clay. A good coastal tree.
CARE Feed with native fertiliser during
the warmer months, prune to shape.
SEA LAVENDER/STATICE |
SMALL PERENNIAL SHRUB
Easy to grow, water-wise and a great coastal
garden plant, this flowers purple lilac in the
warmer months. Prune the dead flower stems back
hard and fertilise regularly to promote flowering.
Watch for caterpillars and snails.
HEIGHT AND SPREAD 45x45cm.
ASPECT Tolerates a little shade, but is best in full sun.
SOIL Most soils, good coastal plant.
CARE Feed regularly during flowering season.
One of the
most widely cultivated
of all eucalypts...
so you can buy the
flower colour of
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