Archive for Plant of the Month

Plant of the Month:Eucalyptus cinerea

Our Plant of the Month for July is the Eucalyptus cinerea which has the common name Argyle Apple or Silver Dollar. This medium sized spreading tree grows around 8 – 10 metres high and has attractive soft blue-green silvery foliage which will contrast well with other coloured shrubs in your garden. This tree has furrowed reddish brown bark and cream flowers in Spring. Eucalyptus cinerea prefers to grow in a  well drained soil but they will also tolerate wet as well as being fairly drought tolerant and frost hardy. These ornamental trees can be pruned as a hedge if trimmed regularly and the leaves are widely used in floristry and flower arrangements.

Plant of the Month:Leptospermum morrisonii

Our Plant of the Month for June is the Leptospermum morrisonii. It is a showy shrub or small tree that grows between 2-5 metres high and has firm corrugated bark. This Leptospermum has dark green aromatic leaves with greenish cream or white solitary flowers on the ends of the branchlets in Spring. Leptospermum morrisonii prefers a well drained moist soil in full sun to part shade and is fast growing. It will make a great hardy street tree or screen and will attract bees to your garden. Leptospermum morrisonii is mildly frost tolerant.

Plant of the Month: Delosperma Suntropics

Our Plant of the Month for May is the  Delosperma Suntropics. We have Copper and Yellow varieties. This Trailing Ice Plant is a very hardy groundcover and will tolerate the toughest of conditions including dry, sandy and rocky soils. The Delospermas  have thick evergreen succulent foliage and put on a vibrant display of flowers  from Spring through to Autumn. They are serious sun lovers and will attract bees and butterflies to your garden. They do not like soggy soil.

Plant of the Month: Correa Pink Mist

Our Plant of the Month for April is the Correa Pink Mist. This pretty Correa is a very compact bushy shrub with small thick dark green leaves. Beautiful shell pink tubular  blooms appear  during May to July attracting nectar feeding birds. It does equally well in sandy or clay soils, coastal or inland positions, sun or part shade positions making it extremely versatile in your garden. It can be used as an informal hedge or low screen, grown in pots or containers and looks great in mixed plantings. It grows 80cm high x 1 metre wide.

Plant of the Month: Grevillea Green Carpet

Our Plant of the Month for March is the Grevillea Green Carpet which is a prostrate evergreen dense groundcover which grows to 30cm high by 2 metres wide. This very hardy plant has soft silver-green foliage and a profusion of cream-white flowers in Spring. It is great used on embankments, in rockeries, as a weed suppressant and for planting under trees. It prefers to grow in a sunny spot with well drained soil but it does tolerate partial shade. Grevillea Green Carpet does well in coastal conditions including salt spray, light frost and dry spells. Water it well after planting until established and trim after flowering to keep it looking good in your garden.