We recently described a number of hakeas from the eastern states. This time it is the turn of Western Australia, the home of a bewildering range of native plants including about 70 hakea species.
Warren Sheather We tend to think of native plants as trees, shrubs and ground covers, but there are some species that develop into climbers and provide different landscaping opportunities for gardeners.
Dar Brookes The flowering period for many perennials, repeat-flowering roses and annuals can be extended considerably if old flowers are removed as soon as they fade.
Warren Sheather The melaleucas belong to the Myrtaceae family, together with the better known callistemons, eucalypts and leptospermums.
Dar Brookes Roses, lilacs, sweet peas, lily of the valley, sweet peas, lavender, tuberose, philadelphus (mock orange), honeysuckle and viburnum are in flower now - cut some for a vase to enjoy those scents indoors.
Warren Sheather Australian members of the proteaceae family are well known and popular in cultivation. Many varieties of banksias, grevilleas and hakeas are represented in local gardens.
Dar Brookes As the pace of growth ramps up with spring well under way, there seems to be much to do in the garden and it can sometimes feel as if there are not enough hours in the day.
Warren Sheather The New England region is rich in Australian plants. Some are widespread and are found in other regions while others are confined to our part of the world.
Warren Sheather Throughout our continent, eucalypts dominate the landscape. They are found virtually everywhere except in the depths of rainforest. There are hundreds of species with the Northern Tablelands home to over 70 eucalypts.
This time of year, many generous people open their gardens to the public.