Tag: cut flowers

  • What is it with Waratah’s?

    What is it with Waratah’s?

    There are a handful of Australian native plants that are truly iconic and Waratahs are very high up on this list, possibly in the top 3….whenever I see them in the bush it is easy to see why we are all so captivated by this bold bloom. The beautiful flower heads attract nectar-feeding birds like…

  • The plant every native garden should have: Lambertia formosa

    The plant every native garden should have: Lambertia formosa

    Every garden should have a specimen of this reliable plant That’s what Wriggly and Fagg have to say about the much loved Mountain Devil and I couldn’t agree more with the authors of the legendary ‘Australian Native Plants’ bible. Lambertia formosa is a common under storey shrub growing 1 to 2 metres high and about…

  • Keith’s Garden

    Keith’s Garden

    This is my friend Keith’s native front garden in Bulli, I have wanted to take photos of this garden for a long time and on a recent visit finally remembered my camera. Phew! I had to snap quickly as the sun was setting and the mozzies were out. The garden is located on the escarpment…

  • The many colours of Banksia robur

    The many colours of Banksia robur

    I saw this particular Banksia robur at Wireandra Nursery a couple of weeks ago, and could be heard to cry out ‘Wow those flowers have Aqua in them!’ once I go up closer I also noticed that at the end of each new flower there was also mauve! I have long been in love with…

  • Why are Kangaroo Paws so hard to photograph?

    Why are Kangaroo Paws so hard to photograph?

    I have found photographing Kangaroo Paws to be extremely frustrating, which is a great shame as they are one of my favourite native plants. They are showy, have long lasting flowers, a weeping leaf habit mixed with the striking vertical flower stems making them an excellent feature plant. However when I go to photograph them…

  • Tough as nails: Actinotus helianthi

    Tough as nails: Actinotus helianthi

    It was bound to happen at some stage, I am beginning to double up on topics on my blog posts argh! it is slightly annoying but at the same time I am learning more about native plants all the time too 😉 I previously covered the Flannel Flower here :http://malleedesign.com.au/try-growing-actinotus-helianthi-its-too-easy/ and honestly believed that Actinotus…

  • Exotic looking native: Rhododendron lochiae

    Exotic looking native: Rhododendron lochiae

    There are several native plants that I like to use when either designing a planting that already has some exotic species established or when trying to convince people that not all native plants are straggly, open and dry looking. This is one of them Rhododendron lochiae, isn’t it beautiful? It has dark glossy green leaves and…

  • Ode to Banksia spinulosa

    Ode to Banksia spinulosa

    Banksia’s may possibly be my favourite Genus of Native plants and this particular species could well be top of that list. I was at a clients garden this afternoon and we were lovingly looking at his Banksia spinulosa and stroking the new growth and commenting on what a wonderful plant it is. There is something…

  • Inverawe Native Gardens

    Inverawe Native Gardens

    On my recent trip to Tasmania I was lucky enough to be able to co-ordinate myself and my family to visit this reasonably new open garden in Margate. Inverawe Native Gardens are Tasmania’s largest Landscaped Native Gardens which is quite a feat considering it has been created by just two people, devoted gardeners Margaret and…

  • More Native Christmas Trees

    More Native Christmas Trees

    Whilst I am feeling slightly Christmassy I thought I’d sing the praise of one of our most recognisable native plants, the NSW Christmas Bush Horah! don’t they look amazing at the moment? something in  the strange spring we had must be setting them off. I love these trees whether they are in their white spring…

  • Polarising plants: Ozothamnus diosmifolius

    Polarising plants: Ozothamnus diosmifolius

    I love plants that have the capacity to completely divide people, where they are either loved or hated. I think Ozothamnus diosmifolius is one such plant, I have only been recently converted and I must say it is partly by the discovery of all the new colours out there, pinks, oranges and the most amazing…

  • Try growing Actinotus helianthi, its not so hard…

    Try growing Actinotus helianthi, its not so hard…

    Yes, it was only a matter of time before I finally sung the praise of Flannel Flowers, how could I resist? I have so many photos of them in my database, however mainly of them in the bush, these were in a domestic garden in southern sydney, growing happily under some large Grevilleas. These are…

  • Spring Yellow: Conostylis candicans

    Spring Yellow: Conostylis candicans

    What better colour to welcome spring with than yellow! Goodbye winter! However it is feeling a little bit like we have headed straight into summer here on the NSW east coast, which I find a little bit frightening, it is looking like a confusing time for plants at the moment, anyway thats another topic altogether… This…

  • Some Favourite Late Winter Flowering Natives

    Some Favourite Late Winter Flowering Natives

    The end of a very dismal grey wet period has come finally! and the sun is appearing ever so bright and dazzling, I have been to the beach 4 times in the last three days, rejoicing! So I thought I would focus on those wonderful winter flowering natives that always amaze me in the colder…

  • Daisies make me happy 2

    Daisies make me happy 2

    This is the second instalment of my ode to native daisies, there are too many types and cvs. to choose from so I have grouped these together as they are more of a ground cover with a smaller flower. They are beautiful mixed together planted as a native meadow.

  • Daisies make me happy

    Daisies make me happy

    I went to the Blue Mountains over the long weekend and not only at Mt Tomah gardens, but also on the property I was staying, the paper daisies were popping up their sunny heads. 

  • Stunning Arid Plant: Ptilotus exaltatus

    Stunning Arid Plant: Ptilotus exaltatus

    This is Ptilotus exaltatus, Lambs tail or Pink Mulla, in full bloom at Mt Annan Botanic gardens. Here it has been mass planted for full effect, to replicate what you would see in the desert, a field of soft pink flower heads it is most impressive.

  • Banksia as small trees: Banksia marginata

    Banksia as small trees: Banksia marginata

    Every Australian Native garden should have at least one Banksia, even if it is a ground cover or low spreading shrub, they are a signature plant. Banksia marginata grows to be a beautiful small tree with a thick canopy and often very low lying branches, therefore they can make an excellent large screening plant. The…

  • A Persoonia…

    A Persoonia…

    Persoonia pinifolia naturally grows in areas of sandstone, in sheltered positions with part sun.

  • Drum sticks

    Drum sticks

    Isopogon anemonifolius is a local shrub that is found in many bushland areas around Sydney and also on top of Illawarra Escarpment.