During autumn, local parks and gardens are ablaze with colour as the deciduous trees prepare to shed their leaves. After this display, with the onset of winter, colour in the garden is in rather short supply. Now is the time to consider using some winter flowering native plants to brighten the garden.
Dar Brookes Now that we are past the winter solstice, things are starting to stir as plants that respond to increasing daylength start to bud and birds start to think about nest building.
Warren Sheather In a previous article some groundcovers were described that grow into flat, dense carpets. This time, we will gain some horticultural altitude and feature some native groundcovers that develop into dense, mounded, weed-suppressing ground covers. They will reach a maximum height of 50 centimetres with a spread usually exceeding one metre.
Warren Sheather The correas are members of the Rutaceae family in common with the boronias and citrus. They occur only in Australia and at present there are 11 species plus many cultivars.
Dar Brookes A few frosty mornings, but frequently followed by clear blue skies and glorious sunny days - one of the reasons to live in the New England!
Warren Sheather Plants with a ground-covering growth habit, be they native or exotic, are worthwhile additions to the garden. In company with organic mulch they help to reduce weed growth and evaporation. They also provide flowers at ground level.
Dar Brookes The frosty weather has finally arrived! The rather late arrival has allowed many gardeners who grow tree dahlias (Dahlia imperialis) to enjoy an extended season of their towering beauty.
Warren Sheather Grevilleas are rather promiscuous plants and if two different varieties are in close proximity, cross pollination often occurs.
Warren Sheather Autumn has arrived and now is the time to describe some native plants that will bring colour to your garden as the weather cools. Most of the plants described have long flowering periods that extend into winter. Also all these varieties are surviving and thriving in local gardens.
Dar Brookes Take the time to drive around the district and look at the trees showing autumn colour and appreciate how lucky we are to have the climate to produce such fabulous colour in our landscape.