Tag: clay soils

  • I need to remember this fern: Blechnum cartilagineum

    I need to remember this fern: Blechnum cartilagineum

    I am not very good with my native ground cover ferns, I have a handful which I use over and over again which I know to be hardy and pretty. I was walking in the Blue Mountains this weekend and exploring the rainforest and waterfall walks, these plants are not my favourites, I usually am…

  • A multi-purpose favourite : Acacia baileyana Prostrate

    A multi-purpose favourite : Acacia baileyana Prostrate

    What can this wattle not do?! it can be a dense ground cover, a spillover for a retaining wall or garden edge, a low mounding feature shrub and a lovely soft border plant. On top of all that it flowers like nobody’s business in the middle of Winter! Acacia baileyana Prostrate is a low growing…

  • The weepiest of them all: Acacia cognata

    The weepiest of them all: Acacia cognata

    Ahhh the river wattle, flopping about just like a willow ūüėČ Acacia cognata surely must be the weepiest and most cultivated of wattles, it is being remade and re branded everywhere! and for good reason too. Acacia cognata has a weeping habit like no other and creates a soft gentle screen or eye catching feature…

  • Pretty in Pink: Callistemon ‘Pink Champagne’

    Pretty in Pink: Callistemon ‘Pink Champagne’

    There are so many varying coloured Callistemons available now, there isn’t really any reason to only associate them with the traditional red anymore. I am a big fan of the softer coloured bottlebrushes, the greens pale yellows and pinks, the soft pinks in particular are some of my favourites. This is Callistemon ‘Pink Champagne’ a…

  • Happy National Eucalypt Day! Eucalyptus leucoxylon ‘Euky Dwarf’

    Happy National Eucalypt Day! Eucalyptus leucoxylon ‘Euky Dwarf’

    Happy National Eucalypt Day everyone! I really hope you were able to appreciate a Eucalpytus tree today at the very least, or possibly able to plant one? ‚ÄúThe best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now‚ÄĚ ‚Äē Traditional¬†Chinese proverbs, one of my favourite quotes. If you weren’t…

  • It’s that time of year again! Banksia ‘Coastal Cushions’

    It’s that time of year again! Banksia ‘Coastal Cushions’

    It’s my favourite time of year again Autumn! Hooray! goodbye humidity, I will not miss you and neither will my favourite native plants. Autumn is also wonderful because the Banksias are budding up or out already and everywhere I go lately one particular dwarf Banksia is catching my eye, Banksia spinulosa ‘Coastal Cushions’. This post…

  • Another Callistmon for the resurgence: Callistemon subulatus ‚ÄėBrogo Overflow‚Äô

    Another Callistmon for the resurgence: Callistemon subulatus ‚ÄėBrogo Overflow‚Äô

    I have written before about my love of bottlebrush and how I wish for a resurgence in their use in garden design and the general landscape. There are many new interesting forms and cultivars that are a far shot from the ratty, sparse unloved street trees we all know. They come in soft pinks, deep…

  • The long lived Acacia pendula

    The long lived Acacia pendula

    We all know that wattles get a bad rap for growing quickly, becoming sparse and also attacked by borers, many people won’t plant Acacias purely based on their shorter lifespan, not me I plant them whenever possible and to be honest 8-10 years feels like a pretty long time to me right now ūüėČ However…

  • A unique feature: Baeckea virgata Dwarf

    A unique feature: Baeckea virgata Dwarf

    I spotted this delightful front garden in Crows Nest a few weeks ago, I loved it for its simplicity, it shows off one of my favourite low mounding plants Baeckea virgata Dwarf perfectly! Baeckea has had a few names changes in recent years, including Babbingtonia and now¬†Sannantha, however there is no other plant quite like…

  • The exploding Leptospermum ‘Starry Night’

    The exploding Leptospermum ‘Starry Night’

    I have been monitoring these Leptospermum obovatum ‘Starry Night’ shrubs (that ¬† I planted in a neighbours garden) closely, waiting, waiting for them to flower and BOOM! last week they exploded! I love reddish or burgundy foliage and there are several species of Leptospermum with a red tinge to the leaf however ‘Starry Night’ is…

  • Happy little rambler:  Goodenia ovata ‘Goldcover’

    Happy little rambler: Goodenia ovata ‘Goldcover’

    I am a huge fan of Goodenia ovata, it is an extremely useful shrub, hardy and floriferous and now I am also going to sing the praise of its off shoot Goodenia ovata prostrate ‘Goldcover’. This little ground cover has the same leaves and flowers as its parent shrub but possesses the skill of rambling…

  • One My Favourite Grafted Grevillea Standards: Grevillea ‘Green Glow’

    One My Favourite Grafted Grevillea Standards: Grevillea ‘Green Glow’

    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…

  • Something different: Allocasuarina crassa and monilifera

    Something different: Allocasuarina crassa and monilifera

    Casuarinas and Allocasuarinas can be a funny bunch, I love them dearly: trees, cultivars and dwarf species alike. I use the groundcover form of Casuarina glauca often and Casuarina ‘Green Wave’ is one of my all time favourite shrubs. But there are so many more once you begin exploring especially in the southern states and…

  • Happy Wattle Day! Acacia ‘Little Nugget’: Foliage before flowers

    Happy Wattle Day! Acacia ‘Little Nugget’: Foliage before flowers

    It’s the first of August again and so Happy Wattle Day! along with all the historic connotations of this wonderful day I do truly rejoice in the wonderful genus that is the Acacia, and not only for its flower but the foliage of the Acacias are equally diverse and interesting. The wattle in these images…

  • Hot Tea-trees: Leptospermum ‘Pageant’ and ‘Outrageous’

    Hot Tea-trees: Leptospermum ‘Pageant’ and ‘Outrageous’

    I love tea trees but don’t often think of them as particularly showy when in flower, except for ‘Cardwell’ of course which almost flowers until on the verge of collapse ūüėČ Leptospermums for me are a super useful and beautiful screening plant, often with scented foliage and pretty bark. They can have leaves in colours…

  • The resurgence of the Bottlebrush: Callistemon pachyphyllus Green

    The resurgence of the Bottlebrush: Callistemon pachyphyllus Green

    I feel like there needs to be a a resurgence in the planting of Callistemon species in home gardens, they have been given a bad name through thoughtless street planting and gardeners overlooking their pruning needs. There are a handful of Callistemons that I think are worthy of pride of place in a native garden,…

  • Some like it hot! Buckinghamia celsissima

    Some like it hot! Buckinghamia celsissima

    All this hot weather has certainly been of benefit to the Ivory Curl trees in and around Sydney, they are blooming themselves silly! This photos in this blog post are of a specimen in my mums garden in Wollongong, the scent is intoxicating and the bees are having a major harvest. Buckinghamia celsissima or Ivory…

  • Beginner Friendly: Banksia paludosa ‘Little Pal’

    Beginner Friendly: Banksia paludosa ‘Little Pal’

    There are many, many dwarf forms of Banksias around now, most of them are Banksia spinulosa, a few are ericifolia. ¬†You can never have enough Banksias and if all these dwarf cultivars mean more Banksias are being planted in gardens then I’m all for it. Sometimes the Banksia spinulosa Dwarfs can be a little tricky…

  • My obsession with Breynia ‘Ironstone’

    My obsession with Breynia ‘Ironstone’

    Technically this is¬†Breynia cernua ‚ÄėIronstone Range‚Äô¬†and I absolutely adore it, these images are taken in a friends garden, he is a very talented “master” gardener and treats his Breynia ‘Ironstone’ mean….and it loves him for it ūüėČ I have written about Breynia ‘Ironstone’ before and have been patiently waiting to photograph a fine specimen like…

  • Sweet: Grevillea ‘Blood Orange’

    Sweet: Grevillea ‘Blood Orange’

    I am generally not a massive fan of the large flowering Grevilleas, mainly because they encourage the wrong birds, well not the wrong birds but birds who already have a plentiful source of food. However when someone asks for a native plant that flowers year round, they are generally the first thing that springs to…

  • My Favourite Paper Daisy: Bracteantha ‘Diamond Head’

    My Favourite Paper Daisy: Bracteantha ‘Diamond Head’

    Bracteantha¬†‘Diamond Head’ is a hardy ground cover paper daisy, it is a natural form of Bracteantha¬†bracteata which was found at Diamond Head on the NSW coast just south of Port Macquarie. I love it for its compact mounding habit, it doesn’t get sparse and leggy like some of the taller Bracteatas and it flowers profusely…

  • Portfolio: Garden Design West Wollongong

    Portfolio: Garden Design West Wollongong

    This front garden in West Wollongong was created to function as a place for peaceful relaxation and observation, it also needed to have careful consideration in regards to levels and access to the front gate and letterbox. Originally the front garden was an awkward, uninteresting space filled with easy to grow green plants, that was…

  • The happiest Daisy: Pycnosorus globosus

    The happiest Daisy: Pycnosorus globosus

    Billy Buttons is a native daisy with an immense power to make anyone smile, there is something about its large bright yellow ball flowers standing to attention in a showy clump that is irresistable. To top it off it has lovely furry silver grass like leaves and flowers from early spring into late Summer. Billy…

  • Another top Paperbark: Melaleuca viridiflora ‘Burgundy Weeper’

    Another top Paperbark: Melaleuca viridiflora ‘Burgundy Weeper’

    This October has been ¬†paperbark appreciation month for me, I love melaleucas as they will grow so easily in difficult heavy soils and their flowers are rich in nectar for birds and bees alike.¬†Melaleuca viridiflora ‘Burgundy Weeper’ is no exception, it covers itself in deep reddish purple flowers attracting honey eaters and bees. Melaleuca viridiflora…