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Plant of the Month: Leptospermum rubrum nana

Our Plant of the Month for May is the stunning Leptospermum rubrum nana or Dwarf Red Tea Tree.

This is a compact growing shrub with fine slender dark burgundy foliage and an abundance of small hot pink tea tree flowers in Winter and Spring. This plant looks great in native gardens and will give you year round colour. You can grow in pots, as a single specimen or it will also look great as a low care border or hedge plant. Once established the Dwarf Red Tea Tree will require very little maintenance. it grows well in full sun to part shade, tolerates light frost and is drought resistant. Leptospermum rubrum nana will grow 1 metre x 1 metre.

Plant of the Month: Correa Snowbelle

Our Plant of the Month for August is the Correa Snowbelle which is a small to medium spreading shrub which grows 1 metre high by 1.5 metres wide. It has bell shaped white flowers which occur over a large period from Autumn to Spring. Correa Snowbelle is ideal for attracting nectar feeding birds to your garden. It can either be planted to compliment other flower colours or added to a white garden. Correas are great fillers and will grow in full sun or part shade. Correas are frost tolerant and prefer a well drained sandier soil so will suit a coastal garden and will be very low maintenance. The Correa Snowbelle would be ideal to grow as a small  informal hedge.

Plant of the Month: Stylidium Raptor Pink

The Plant of the Month for July is the Stylidium Raptor. This is a tufting Australian native broad leaf grass with an upright habit that grows 40-50cm. It has deep pink flowers held above the foliage from Spring through to Summer. This cute little grass is drought tolerant and will tolerate light frost once established. This plant suits a coastal situation, does well in a rock garden or as a container plant and will grow in a wide range of soils. The Stylidium is attractive to pollinator species and has an unusual way of dispersing pollen. The flower has a cocked trigger that springs upwards when an insect visits the flower and dumps pollen on the back of the insect’s head so when it visits another plant it will pollinate that plant. Even though this plant is classed as an evergreen it can occasionally die off and disappear into the ground but just leave it alone and it will come back.

Plant of the Month: Grevillea lanigera lutea

Our Plant of the Month for June is the Grevillea lanigera lutea. This Grevillea is an evergreen spreading and low growing shrub which can reach 1.5 metres tall to 1 metre wide with attractive narrow pointed green foliage. The long flowering Grevillea lanigera lutea will flower from Winter through to Spring and will be covered with masses of lemon yellow spider-like flowers on arching branches. Grevillea lanigera lutea is attractive to native wildlife  such as bees, nectar eating birds and butterflies. This tough little beauty does best in well drained soil in part sun to part shade and is tolerant of frost and drought.

Plant of the Month: Grevillea Red Sunset

Our Plant of the Month for May is the Grevillea Red Sunset which is a fast and dense growing compact shrub growing to around 1 metre high and 2 metres wide. This vibrant shrub with red-orange spidery flowers in Winter-Spring does well in full sun to part shade. It makes a great low maintenance addition to any garden and can be used  as a low informal hedge, screening plant or windbreak. The Grevillea Red Sunset is drought resistant, tolerates light frost and adapts  to most soil types and climates  including coastal and limestone. It will attract bees, butterflies and birds while in flower  and can be used as a cut flower in a vase or even as a bonsai plant.