This post is about one of my favourite grafted grevillea standards, I actually have 2 or 3 favourites and unfortunately they are all a little hard to come by however all worth trying to find a place for in your native garden. Well actually in any garden as I think the semi formal appearance of the grafted standard lends itself to appearing in all manner of plantings even with exotics.
This is a Grevillea ‘Green Glow’ Grafted standard, the reason it is one of my favourites is its habit, it had a strong horizontal appearance as the branches tend to go wide before they weep.
They will fall and weep if left to their own devices, I tend to like to prune them so that the trunk of the grevillea is still quite visible. In the image below you can see a specimen that has been allowed to grow more freely in a larger space.
Grevillea ‘Green Glow’ flowers profusely from late Winter into early spring, with deep pinky-red toothbrush flowers that are highly attractive to nectar feeding birds.
One of the reasons I like grafted standard plants is that they are a great feature, adding hight and interest instantly. They also allow for planting underneath and it lets you create interesting contrasts in form and foliage.
In the image above you can see how strongly horizontal the habit of Grevillea ‘Green Glow’ really is…then in the photo below it has formed more of a dome shape, making it appear more formal in an open lawn area.
Grafted Grevillea Standard ‘Green Glow’ likes a full sun to part shade position and as like most grevilleas will flower better the more sun it receives. As with most grafted standards it is best to keep it staked for the first 18-24 months, especially in ope windy areas.
Make sure the stake supports the plant al the way from the ground up through to where the graft is located right at the top, this is a weak point in the plant until it has fully established.
Grafted standard grevilleas also make excellent screening plants and will remain closely to the height at which you buy them sometimes only putting on an extra 30-40cm. So if you haven’t tried growing them they make a very rewarding show when in flower and a wonderful structural feature when not, its a win win decision 😉