I am beginning to come around gradually to grafted Grevilleas, it has taken me about 5 years to slowly but surely start including them in my designs. I’m not really sure why I was so reluctant to begin with, maybe it was the local indigenous plant Nazi in me, maybe I just didn’t trust them….but they are so FUN! I started with Grevillea ‘Ivory Whip’ then quickly became addicted to Grevillea candelabra, both of which have proven to be both hardy and spectacular. My latest favourite is Grevillea petrophiloides ‘Wild Beauty’ Grafted, I am putting three of them into a garden this week and they really are a striking plant.
I guess the name ‘Wild Beauty’ comes from the fact they are really WILD, they have amazing flower spikes that are produced a metre or more above the actual shrub. The spikes weep slightly with multiple heavy blooms all along them.
Below you can see Grevillea petrophiloides in the centre, this one has finished flowering but the form and shape of the shrub itself is also stunning.
It is Grafted onto hardy east coast rootstock,and grows best in a sunny well drained position with plenty of air movement. Prune annually of old flowering canes during summer and with any grafted plant shoots growing from below the graft should be removed.It grows to 1.8 high and 1.8m wide and is also frost hardy.
So if you are after a true feature shrub, give it a go.