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Garden Reviews Plant Profile – LITTLE JESS is a compact roadside Dianella

Garden Reviews Plant Profile | LITTLE JESS Dianella caerulea ‘DCMP01’

Little Jess Strappy Leaf Plant

Little Jess is almost the perfect plant for many landscape applications, it has really come into it’s own for planting in no care environments such as roadsides and low maintenance commercial plantings. Little Jess is now being used all over Australia due to its versatility and it is performing brilliantly in almost any conditions. The Road Transport Authorities all over Australia are recommending Little Jess for roadside plantings due to its low maintenance and ability to spread and fill in gaps.

Little Jess is a compact clumping ornamental plant, similar in habit to a dwarf, non-invasive bamboo. The beauty of Little Jess is that it has a rhizomatous root system, so it spreads under the ground and gives excellent erosion control, especially along paths and roadsides. Little Jess has glossy green foliage to approximately 40cm, with masses of elevated bluish purple flowers in Spring, followed by attractive purple berries. Its general maximum spread is up to 50cm in clay soils and up to 80cm in sandy soils.

Position: Little Jess will grow well in full sun and moderate to heavy shaded positions. It is very drought tolerant and will live on natural rainfall after establishment, but for desert, inland type areas irrigation may be required. Little Jess grows well in raised, flat and depressed areas, in both clay and sandy soils. Little Jess can tolerate periodic wet feet, heavy frosts and is generally evergreen, but in extreme cold climates like Canberra, Little Jess …read more

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Garden Reviews Plant Profile – LUSCIOUS is a denser improved Tristaniops

Garden Reviews Plant Profile | Tristaniopsis laurina ‘Luscious’ DOW10 PBR

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Luscious is the new denser improved form of Tristaniopsis laurina. The Luscious features larger, shinier leaves almost double the size of the common Tristaniopsis laurina. The foliage is a gorgeous lush, dark green with a shiny appearance, topped off with a distinctive copper coloured new growth.

The dense form makes Luscious highly desirable for use in many landscapes and makes it a great native alternative to the popular exotic Magnolia grandiflora Little Gem.

Luscious bares yellow flowers being produced in short clusters with a sweet perfumed scent. Luscious will flower through January and early February giving some much welcome colour through the middle of summer.

The branches on Luscious make a great feature, as the new branches grow they develop a striking port colour that peels back revealing a patchwork of mottled cream bark. This provides excellent contrast because at any one time you can have quite dark stems mixed with the older branches and trunk which are smooth, creamy brown.

Luscious is a highly ornamental tree well suited for use in street tree plantings, parks, reserves, as a garden feature for that special spot, or as an elegant shade tree. Luscious will grow well in full sun to part shade and will grow to an approximate height of 7-12m. It will rarely attain …read more

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Garden Reviews Plant Profile – PENNSTRIPE a showy variegated Pennisetum

Garden Reviews Plant Profile | PENNSTRIPE™ Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘PAV300’ PBR

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‘First ever variegated ornamental native grass’

Pennstripe is an Australian native Pennisetum and is a new release for 2009. It is a compact, clumping ornamental grass and it is the first ever ornamental variegated native grass.

Before I go into details about Pennstripe I would like to first touch on the genus Pennisetum as there is a lot of confusion within the horticultural industry as to whether or not it is an environmental weed.

There are 2 species of Pennisetum commonly grown in Australian nurseries one is Pennisetum alopecuroides which is the native Australian species and the other species Pennisetum setaceum which is the highly invasive African species. Unfortunately in the past nurseries have mistakenly grown and sold Pennisetum setaceum as the native species alopecuroides. This has given the native species a bad name and now people commonly confuse it with the highly invasive African species.

Now whenever you say the name Pennisetum people automatically think of an invasive spreading weed. This however is not the case.

Over recent years some new selections of the native Pennisetum have been bred and these are all grown from division to guarantee that you are receiving the non invasive Australian species. After 9 years these native selections such as Pennisetum Nafray have never caused any weed problems to native bushland. So far in trials…read more

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Garden Reviews Plant Profile – PINNACLE Australian Native Narrow Screen Tree

Garden Reviews Plant Profile | PINNACLE Syzigium australe ‘AATS’ PBR

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If you’re after a narrow, tall and dense Australian native tree that requires very little pruning and fits into tight, compact planting zones here is your answer.

This Australian Native Lilly Pilly bred by John Crump at Advanced Australian Trees at Newrybar NSW is quite unique. Each pair of its branches emerge from the main stem at the same location but on opposing sides of the main stem. Pinnacle is similar in shape to a Pencil Pine but it has bright glossy green foliage with contrasting reddish brown new growth. Pinnacle will flower with white duster flowers, followed by large, fleshy, red pink fruits in profusion. Pinnacle suits most soil conditions but will prefer assured moisture to perform at its best.

The beauty of Pinnacle is that it gives Landscape Architects, Designers and Landscapers a native plant with the ability to be planted in narrow areas as a tall screen or as a narrow hedging plant. Pinnacle is ideally suited for planting along a fence line with a narrow planting bed, either side of a driveway, against a feature wall, or as a barrier itself. Pinnacle is also great for use in town house plantings or even grown in a feature pot for courtyards. Pinnacle can obtain a formal look to your garden or landscape with minimal pruning required.

All round Pinnacle can give new solutions to difficult planting areas where a thin narrow, tree or hedge is required. Pinnacle will be available in sizes from 200mm containers and larger.

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Garden Reviews Plant Profile – VINTAGE RED World’s First Red Foliage Eucalypt

Garden Reviews Plant Profile | VINTAGE RED Euclayptus cladocalyx ‘EUC78’PBR

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‘The Worlds First Ever Red Foliaged Eucalypt’

A Native South Australian Species

Vintage Red is a once in a lifetime plant, it is the first ever red foliaged Eucalyptus to be released anywhere in the world. Finding a red foliaged evergreen tree is extremely hard but to find one that is not only beautiful but is an Australian native suited to Australian conditions is a very rare find.

Vintage Red is a decorative ornamental tree with stunning red foliage. Vintage Red is a form of Sugar Gum producing distinctive stems and branches which when young are almost black in colour. As the plant matures, the deep coloured bark on the branches and trunk peel away revealing a contrasting smooth grey/brown bark through the summer months.

The unique foliage colour can change from bright red to black to purple and grey depending on the direction of the sunlight and the age of the foliage. Vintage Red will grow to approximately 8-12m tall x 4-6m wide depending on the local environmental conditions.

Vintage Red is ideal for large home gardens, parks, roadsides, acreage lots and farms. For use in smaller gardens and close to houses Vintage Red can still be used provided it is pruned back by 1/3 every 12 months once it reaches 2-4m tall, and is kept low by pruning it for the rest of its life. This way it’s like having a big shrub. If you do have a larger home garden or there is room for the tree to grow, by pruning in this way you can produce denser more compact foliage and a tree that grows to your own desired height requirements. If pruning is not required Vintage Red will then grow into a gorgeous looking single trunk specimen or feature tree.

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Garden Reviews Plant Profile – VINTAGE RED World’s First Red Foliage Eucalypt

Garden Reviews Plant Profile | VINTAGE RED Euclayptus cladocalyx ‘EUC78’PBR

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‘The Worlds First Ever Red Foliaged Eucalypt’

A Native South Australian Species

Vintage Red is a once in a lifetime plant, it is the first ever red foliaged Eucalyptus to be released anywhere in the world. Finding a red foliaged evergreen tree is extremely hard but to find one that is not only beautiful but is an Australian native suited to Australian conditions is a very rare find.

Vintage Red is a decorative ornamental tree with stunning red foliage. Vintage Red is a form of Sugar Gum producing distinctive stems and branches which when young are almost black in colour. As the plant matures, the deep coloured bark on the branches and trunk peel away revealing a contrasting smooth grey/brown bark through the summer months.

The unique foliage colour can change from bright red to black to purple and grey depending on the direction of the sunlight and the age of the foliage. Vintage Red will grow to approximately 8-12m tall x 4-6m wide depending on the local environmental conditions.

Vintage Red is ideal for large home gardens, parks, roadsides, acreage lots and farms. For use in smaller gardens and close to houses Vintage Red can still be used provided it is pruned back by 1/3 every 12 months once it reaches 2-4m tall, and is kept low by pruning it for the rest of its life. This way it’s like having a big shrub. If you do have a larger home garden or there is room for the tree to grow, by pruning in this way you can produce denser more compact foliage and a tree that grows to your own desired height requirements. If pruning is not required Vintage Red will then grow into a gorgeous looking single trunk specimen or feature tree.

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Garden Reviews Plant profile – GOLD VELVET a mid sized hybrid Kangaroo Paw

Garden Reviews Plant profile | GOLD VELVET PBR Anigosanthos flavidus hybrid

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Bred for performance and disease resistance

Gold Velvet is a new mid sized hybrid Kangaroo Paw which will bring back your confidence in using Kangaroo Paws in the landscape. Gold Velvet has been bred by Keith Oliver and developed by Lullfitz Nursery Western Australia a nursery specializing in the propagation, growing and promotion of West Australian Native Plants founded by George Lullfitz in 1975.

Gold Velvet has been specifically bred with landscapers, landscape architects and designers in mind. With its desirable mid sized height and vibrant flowers Gold Velvet is extremely tough and will handle general landscape conditions and is great for low maintenance gardens. It is very drought tolerant and has better frost tolerance than other Kangaroo Paws. Gold Velvet is characterized by its outstanding clean and dense foliage, with magnificent bright yellow flowers which will reach a height of 1 metre, whilst its foliage gets 50 to 70 cm tall.

Gold Velvet is an Anigosanthos flavidus hybrid, the flavidus species is widely known for its longevity in cultivation and it is not short lived like other species of Kangaroo Paw. Gold Velvet is an exceptionally vigorous, hardy and disease free species, being highly resistant to the dreaded Ink spot disease which affects many other varieties of Kangaroo Paw making them very short lived in the garden or landscape. Gold Velvet gives you a wonderful long lived, very hardy and showy Kangaroo Paw which can be mass planted, used in planter boxes, feature pots and as a flowering garden specimen.

For best results Gold Velvet prefers an open sunny position in a well draining soil. Irrigate regularly to establish the root system once planted and fertilise with a native fertilizer which is low in phosphorous in spring. Older flowers can be removed at the end of the flowering period being cut as close as possible to the base of the plant.

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