Friday, February 6, 2009

Perth Waterwise Plants cont.

Here are some plants that perform well in Perth Native Gardens.



Groundcover : Scaevola ' Purple Fan Fare '
Planted on mass these create a beautiful carpet of purple. Scaevolas are available in other colours but the flowers tend to be more delicate and don't put on as much of a show.Growing to 200 -600mm high by 1000 - 2500mm wide make these an economical choice for ground coverage. Expect flowers in spring and summer.



Grass : Dianella revoluta ' Little Rev '
Not such a new comer anymore this Dianella hybrid was one of the first in a ever increasing list of compact forms of Dianella. It is generally described as growing to around 300-400mm high x 300mm wide although I have seen them get to around 500 -600mm high and wide. If it's a smaller grass you had in mind, Dianella ' Baby Bliss ' would be a better choice. Both of these varieties have blue/grey foliage. Like most Dianellas it has a blue and yellow flower held on stalks that extend beyond the foliage in Spring.



Shrub : Acacia cognata ' Limelight '
I love this plant's fuzzy texture and rounded growth habit. It will be happy in full sun /part shade. It grows to around 800mm x 800mm and takes on a bonsai appearance as the plant matures and the foliage becomes less compact. Looks at home in a Japanese / oriental style garden.
Feature Plant : Xanthorrhoea presseii
The previously politically incorrect ' Grass Tree ' is one of few architecturally shaped natives suitable as feature plants. They look best in groups of two or three ( as shown ) and as single, multi stemmed specimens. Care is required at planting or transplanting to ensure ideal growth conditions.
Try Grasstrees Australia http://www.grasstrees.com.au/ or Replants http://www.replants.com/ who are both local specialist suppliers of grass trees.

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