Australian Native Plants
Australian Native Plants
Since I was a very young child growing up in the Australian bush my passion has been garden orientated and more especially with Australian native plants.
Australia has many unique Native Plants, however because we live in such an immense place not all Native Plants are indigenous.
We have a number of native plants growing in our garden and our local area and bushland has many beautiful native plants to admire.
I have selected a number of my favorites to share with you :
- Kangaroo Paw
- Australian Tree Fern
- Alyogyne Huegelii
I hope that you enjoy them as much as we do in reality :)
Grevillea are a plant or shrub that can grow tall or be prostrate. These plants come in a variety of colors and a particular favorite of mine is the ‘Robyn Gordon’ which has a red fading to gold color?
The one in my garden at the moment is an upright and it attracts so many species of birds.
It is wonderful to sit and watch the birds collecting the nectar, The Wattle birds seem to hang upside down,they do look sweet and make you smile.
There are so many and varied colors in the Grevillea family and they are all beautiful.
Another variety we have in the garden is called ‘Moonlight’ and stands at over 2 meters tall.
Grevillea do not like to be transplanted, as nine times out of ten they will die.
Although a native of Western Australia they grow very nicely in my garden.
We have just put a fairly new variety in the garden, it has a dark red flower and very dark green valvety foliage, It really is a beautiful plant. I love all the colors,but at the moment this particular color is my favorite.
Kangaroo Paw also have a variety of colors, such as Lightish Red,Orange,Yellow,Pink.
You can plant the color of your choice,or plant all the colors together,that way they do make a spectacular display.
Up close they do look like the paw of a Kangaroo.:)
Australian Tree Fern
The Australian Tree fern has the botanical name of "Dicksonia antarctica"
As a child when I traveled into the Australian bush with my father I would see these Tree Ferns in their wild state growing profusely in the Rain Forests as we gathered firewood and hunted for rabbits.
The memory of this has stuck in my mind to this very day and as a result every garden that we have cultivated has always had a specimen Tree Fern and they really create an impression.
The fronds start off deep in the middle , over 3 or 4 weeks they gradually emerge in order around the top of the plant,then slowly unfold. Nature is incredible.
These ferns are watered from the top down into the middle of the plants,not around the root base.
This beautiful long flowering bush is also known widely as "West Coast Gem", and "The Australian Native Hibiscus".
The Alyogyne with it's botanical name of (Alyogyne huegelii ) is an evergreen Australian Native and bears a mass of purple flowers which look very much like the Hibiscus flower. Although the flowers do not last long (depending on the conditions may be only a day) there are always plenty of buds as one flower fades another one opens .
As it grows to over 2 meters tall It stands up very well as a feature shrub. They also like a good prune once a year, it makes the shrub stronger and gives more flowers the next season.
Over the years we have had a number of these bushes and they are very easy to grow and 'almost' impossible to kill :)