What Are The Best Kangaroo Paws For Landscape Gardening?

What Are The Best Kangaroo Paws For Landscape Gardening?

By Todd Layt

In the past breeders of Kangaroo Paws have bred very weak, disease prone, smaller, short lived Paws, but with highly beautiful flowers. In a break with tradition, George Lullfitz has released a range of Kangaroo Paws that have been breed for toughness, disease resistance, and longevity, yet still look remarkably good.

The flowers on these Velvet range of Kangaroo Paws are spectacular, but the key to there superiority over all other Kangaroo Paws, is their crisp clean mid sized foliage. Velvet Kangaroo Paws lasts for many years, with a high resistance to black spot, the plague of other Kangaroo Paws.

Breeders in the past have used short lived annual smaller Paws as the dominant gene base to breed smaller plants, ideal for pot culture, and have ignored Paws for landscaped gardens. The Velvet range uses the tough Anigozanthos flavidus as the major gene, resulting in tougher longer lived plants, with cleaner foliage.

The plants are a little bigger, but still generally classed as mid sized, which is still somewhat smaller than the standard larger Anigozanthos flavidus types. Landscapers are now using the Velvet range in large landscape projects, and even in tough roadside applications.

The Velvet range of Kangaroo Paws look great in large Patio pots or planter boxes, providing in many cases almost year round showy flowers, with crisp clean foliage. Simply trim the older flowers, and if the foliage eventually becomes tired looking, simply cut back the plant hard, and it will reshoot. This might need doing every few years or so. Another great thing about these plants is that they will provide a long term source of beautiful flowers for florist arrangements in the home.

Gold Velvet is my favourite. It has beautiful dark green foliage, with masses of showy bright yellow flowers. This plant is ideal for mass landscape planting as its foliage is the right size to compete with weeds. Its golden flowers are bold, substantial, prolific, and in my garden have flowered 18 months out of the last 24. Wow! For large landscape plantings read more…


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