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flowers in shades of blue include
‘Blue Baby’, ‘Blue Dwarf’, ‘Peter Pan’
(pale blue), ‘Tinkerbell’ (with
FLAX LILY | Dianella
Forms clumps of strap leaves that may
be bright green, blue, green, bronze or
variegated and range in height from
30 to 90cm. Most produce flowers in
spring. The blue and yellow flowers are
usually too small to have any impact.
All prefer full sun and are hardy once
established. Cultivars include ‘Blue
Sword’, ‘Breeze’, ‘Cassa Blue’, ‘Little
Jess’, ‘Golden Streak’, ‘Silver Border’,
‘Tasred’, ‘Turutu’ and ‘Utopia’.
POORINDA ROYAL MANTLE | Grevillea
A prostrate groundcover to 30cm high
and several metres across with large,
flat, variable green leaves, bronze new
growth, layering stems and deep-
red to maroon toothbrush flowers
in the warmer months. Good plant
for a sunny slope. Bird attractant.
This plant, like other members of the
protea family, should not be given
fertilisers that contain phosphorous.
CREEPING BOOBIALLA |
A prostrate groundcover to 40cm
high and 1.5m wide with much
branching layering stems and
small white spring flowers. Several
forms have been selected for their
ornamental value, including Broad
leaf, Broad leaf with pink flowers,
purple leaf and fine leaf.
LIPPIA | Phyla nodiflora
A low-growing groundcover
that forms roots as it spreads out.
Has small mid- to dark-green leaves
all year round, and white flowers,
sometimes tinged with pink or
purple, on short upright stems in
summer. Often used as an alternative
to grass. Can be mowed and accepts
traffic. Grows in full sun or part shade.
Can be invasive.
We are fortunate to have so many
beautiful birds, and all you have to do to
get them to visit your garden is to grow
the plants you both love.
ALBANY WOOLLY BUSH |
Fast-growing, upright shrub with
fine, dense, hairy silver-green foliage.
Easily pruned to shape. Makes a
good hedge. Small, pale-red, tubular
flowers are hidden among the foliage.
HOOKER’S BANKSIA |
Fast-growing, ornamental bushy
shrub to about three metres high with
slender, lightly toothed grey-green
leaves and numerous orange flowers
over a long period. Can be pruned at
or after flowering. Seed-grown plants
usually flower in three to four years.
ONE-SIDED BOTTLEBRUSH |
A variable shrub growing to as
much as three metres high and across.
Fine foliage around the stems and
small bunches of claw flowers
emerging directly from the stems.
Responds to pruning after flowering.
Cultivars include ‘Compact’ form,
‘Emerald Carpet’, ‘Green Carpet’ and
‘Grey’ foliage form.
NATIVE FUCHSIA | Correa glabra
Fast-growing, dense shrub to as
much as three metres high and wide.
Has dark-green leaves and long,
tubular, pendant flowers in late
winter to early spring. Flower colour
varies from pale green to light yellow
or pink. Prune after flowering to keep
the bush compact. Tolerates moderate
HONEY GEM | Grevillea
A fast-growing shrub to four metres
high and three metres wide with
finely divided grey-green foliage.
Large orange-yellow flower heads are
produced throughout the year with
the main flush in late winter and early
spring. Prune heavily after the main
flush of flowers to maintain the shape.
That hot, dry spot in full summer sun can
be an oven for plants. These sun lovers will
soak up the warmth and not bake.
DESERT ROSE, IMPALA LILY |
Warmth-loving succulent that grows
to one metre or more high with a
thick, succulent trunk and branches,
bright-green leaves and large showy
flowers in summer to autumn. Several
forms and flower colours are known.
FAIRY FLOSS | Eremophilia
A medium-sized shrub with bright-
green foliage year round. Throughout
spring, attractive orange-cream buds
open to candy-pink tubular flowers
with fine white hairs. Bird attractant.
SNAKE BUSH | Hemiandra pungens
Dense, low-spreading plant to 25cm
high and two metres wide, with tight,
pointed foliage and attractive flowers
in spring and summer. Very hardy.
Needs full sun. Several forms selected
including green or purple-green
foliage and white or purple flowers.
ROSEMARY | Rosmarinus officinalis
There are many cultivars of this
ancient ornamental and medicinal
shrub. Most have stiff branches to two
metres high and form a shrub two
metres wide, carrying short, thin,
aromatic, dark-green leaves.
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