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plant guide WATERWISE
Our coastal sandy soils can be really
challenging for many plants, especially
where there are salty sea breezes and a
lot of limestone. These are some of the
plants able to live by the sea.
AFRICAN DAISY | Arctotis hybrids
Compact, clump-forming, spreading
plants for a sunny position, mostly
with silvery-grey or grey-green
foliage. Brightly coloured, daisy-like
flowers on short stems, mostly in
spring and summer.
GREY COTTONHEADS |
Forms a small- to medium-sized
clump of silvery-grey, grass-like
leaves and ball-like clusters of bright-
yellow, furry flowers on long stems in
spring. Needs plenty of sun.
ILLYARRIE | Eucalyptus erythrocorys
A highly ornamental medium-sized,
evergreen tree to eight metres high
and four wide, with a single trunk
and smooth, light bark becoming
rough and flaky at the base. Dense
dark-green leaves and bright-red
flower caps in autumn falling to reveal
golden-yellow flowers. Large nuts
follow the flowers – in large quantities
they weigh down the branches. Bird
attractant. May be hard pruned.
ELLENDALE DRAGON | Grevillea
Small spreading shrub to 1.5m high
and wide with fine, grey-green foliage
and pendant clusters of red flowers
for much of the year. Prune regularly
to maintain shape. Full sun or light
shade. Bird attractant. This plant, like
other members of the protea family,
should not be given fertilisers that
YELLOW BUTTERCUPS |
Rounded shrub to about two metres
high and wide with small, dark-green
glossy foliage and showy yellow
buttercup flowers from mid-autumn
to early summer. Can be lightly
pruned. Tolerates some shade.
The heavier and more gravelly soils of
the hills can be amended to suit a wide
range of plants, but these plants are happy
with the soil au naturel.
LILLY PILLY | Acmena smithii
Several forms of this lilly pilly have
been selected and are popular as
container plants. Dwarf forms can
reach four metres high when planted
out. Full-sized cultivars make good
windbreaks to eight metres but can
have invasive roots. Most form fruit,
some have an edible, crisp, tart flesh.
LEMON-SCENTED DARWINIA |
Small shrub to about a metre high and
wide, with fine lemon-scented foliage
along its slender, straight branches.
Tip prune to make more dense.
Unusual flowers with large
orange-red to green bracts are
produced at the branch tips from
winter to early summer and
occasionally at other times. Full sun
or light shade. Bird attractant.
GUNGURRU | Eucalyptus caesia
A highly ornamental small, usually
many-trunked tree to six metres,
with a weeping habit. Older stems
and trunks have a fine, brown,
peeling bark. Younger branches, leaf
stalks, buds and nuts are covered in a
silver-grey bloom. Showy pink to red
flowers hang down in small clusters in
autumn and winter. Bird attractant.
There are several forms. Can be hard
pruned down to the ground if needed.
SNAKE VINE | Hibbertia scandens
A mostly herbaceous, vigorous
groundcover or climber with thick,
twining stems, large green leaves
and large yellow flowers for most
of the warmer months. Good
screening plant but the flowers have
a less-than-pleasant fragrance.
LONG LEAF MAT RUSH |
Long, slender, arching, green strap-
like leaves form a clump to 1.3m high
and wide. Yellow-green flower spikes
are produced in spring. Available
cultivars include cassica (broader
more rigid upright leaf with more blue
colour) and katrinus (slender more
weeping leaf. Slightly smaller plant).
HONEY MYRTLE | Melaleuca fulgens
A medium-sized shrub to two metres
high and 1.5m wide but often kept
small by regular pruning. It has an
open nature with relatively sparse
green leaves. Large colourful spikes of
flowers are produced mostly inside on
short stems. Several colour forms have
been selected, some of which may be
hybrids. Cultivars include ‘Apricot
Delight’, ‘Purple flower’ and ‘Scarlet’.
Tired of mowing and watering the verge?
Why not brighten it up with a range of
flowering plants? Talk to your council first,
though, to make sure they approve.
CORAL CARPET | Adenanthos cuneatus
A spreading plant with wedge-shaped
leaves that are grey at maturity, but
strongly tinged with pink and purple
when new. Small, hardly noticeable,
but bird-attracting flowers over the
Very hardy perennials forming loose
clumps of strap-like leaves and short
stems topped with blue or white
tubular flowers. Frost and drought
tolerant. Sun or part shade, but much
better in full sun. Good for a hardy
colourful border. Cultivars with
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