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Plant of the Month: Limonium perezii White Star

Our Plant of the Month for October is the Limonium perezii White Star commonly known as Sea Lavender or Statice. These stunning Limoniums have lilac buds and sparkling white papery flowers in the warmer months with large leathery green leaves. They have been proven to perform in both garden beds and patio pots and can survive extreme weather with minimal watering. They will thrive in full sun to part shade in a well drained soil and will grow 50cm high by 30cm wide. These plants are equally suited to both coastal and inland waterwise gardens and are great to use as cut flowers or dried flower arrangements. Very low maintenance.

Plant of the Month: Anigozanthos Yellow Gem

Our Plant of the Month for September is the Anigozanthos Yellow Gem. This hardy Kangaroo Paw grows between 1-2 metres high by 60 cm wide. It has yellow flowers with red stems and will flower prolifically through Spring and Summer. It grows well in a sunny spot in sandy well drained soil. It is suited to growing in pots or a flower bed and looks great mass planted. The  Kangaroo Paw makes a great cut flower lasting up to 2 weeks in a vase and attracts bees, nectar eating birds and butterflies. Yellow Gem is very low maintenance, is tolerant of disease and light frost. Worthy of a spot in any garden.

Plant of the Month: Eucalyptus utilis

Our Plant of the Month for September is the  Eucalyptus utilis or Coastal Moort which is a species of mallee native to the southern parts of WA. It is a small to medium sized fast growing tree with a dense rounded canopy of foliage which grows right to ground level which makes it  perfect  for windbreaks or screening. The Coastal Moort has creamy white flowers from Spring through to mid Summer. This tree will tolerate some salt, wind and dry conditions  and grows in most soil types including sand and clay. Perfect for coastal properties.

Plant of the Month: Boronia megastigma

Our Plant of the Month for August is the Boronia megastigma commonly known as Brown Boronia or Sweet Scented Boronia. This plant is endemic to Western Australia growing in areas from Perth through to Albany. Brown Boronia is a small growing shrub which grows to just under 1 metre high. It has small scented leaves with beautifully perfumed cup shaped brown and yellow flowers in Spring.  Brown Boronia is best grown in cool moist well drained soil doing best in dappled shade and away from hot drying winds. It can be relatively short lived if the root zone dries out so it is beneficial to keep the soil moist with mulch. It will grow in a pot where it may be easier to control the growing conditions. It is a worthy addition to your garden even if just for a short time. It is widely used in the cut flower industry.

 

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.