The colour combinations of Grevillea ‘Amber Blaze’

I am not a massive fan of the larger flower spike type of Grevilleas species, I often associate them with attracting noisy miners and rainbow lorikeets, not desirable native birds for me. However, this Winter I have had two Grevillea ‘Amber Blaze’ specimens take my breath away.

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The photos in this blog post are of a specimen I planted in my mum’s garden a year ago, when I put it in the ground it was a spindly pathetic looking thing, now look at it!

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In the image above you can see it mingling with Hakea ‘Burrendong Beauty’, I say mingling but really they are battling it out for space, both inclined to spread. Grevillea ‘Amber Blaze’ can get to 2.5 metres wide and unto 1 metre high. I have never seen it get that high though, I prune off any unruly branches but they seem to maintain a nice dense low habit.

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The foliage is a soft grey green with bronze new growth, quite decorative in it own right. The flowers are bright orange and yellow and tend to be very rich in nectar.

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As a ground cover they are wonderful as a weed suppressant and will grow n full sun and part shade, they like a well drained soil and a regular prune, especially if you spot borer moth amongst the foliage.

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Choose a position with lots of room, they look great growing down a slope or on a rockery amongst boulders. Give them an occasional tip prune to keep them dense and they will reward you with many bright, happy blooms.

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Plant them with other ground covers with contrasting leaves and different flowering colours, and enjoy 🙂

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