Monthly Archives: August 2013

Little Ruby™ Alternanthera is a compact ground cover plant with deep burgundy foliage

Little Ruby™ Alternanthera is the perfect mounding ground cover with a compact spreading habit it has stunning deep burgundy foliage that makes it a stand out plant.

Little Ruby Alternanthera dentata 'LRU30' PBR

Little Ruby™ Alternanthera is a third of the size of common Alternanthera dentata, it grows approx 30cm to 40cm tall and 60cm to 90cm wide and grows in full sun to part shade. Little Ruby loves humidity. It’s perfectly suited to Northern NSW and QLD. In cold climates plant it in a sheltered position to protect it from frost.

Little Ruby can be used as a ground cover, water plant or in containers. For low growing purple foliage all year round Little Ruby is a great choice.

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GOLD CLUSTER™ Grevillea is a flat growing ground cover plant with masses of gold flowers

The Gold Cluster™ Grevillea plant is the lowest growing, ground hugging, cold tolerant Grevillea around.

GOLD CLUSTER™ Grevillea juniperina 'H22' PBR

It is far more prostrate than other Grevillea juneperina types. Best of all it has more flowers for longer. In winter it is one the highlights of the garden, flowering at a time when little else does, but it also flowers well into Spring. It’s not suited to tropical regions, or higher humidity areas, but it is suitable for hot dry areas, or moderately humid areas.

As far as Grevillea plants go it is more cold tolerant, and is definitely less fussy than most Grevillea plants. Remember, although not essential, a prune every 2 years does help it keep more tidy.

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CHERRY CLUSTER™ Grevillea is a tough groundcover shrub with masses of red flowers

Cherry Cluster™ Grevillea is a compact reliable  shrub for temperate or hot and dry regions.

CHERRY CLUSTER™ Grevillea rhyolitica x juniperina ' TWD01' PBR

I love its beautiful deep red flowers, that put on a great show for much of Winter and early Spring, as well as spasmodic flowering at other times of the year. It is one of the best compact grevillea forms, and can cope with more frost than most other forms. It can be used as a ground cover form if pruned yearly, or like this (click on the photo to watch a video of Cherry Cluster™) as a small shrub form in it’s natural shape.

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COSMIC PINK™ Raphiolepis is a compact tough shrub with pink flowers galore

COSMIC PINK™ Raphiolepis is a compact tough shrub with pink flowers galore

COSMIC PINK™ Raphiolepis indica 'RAPH02' PBR

Raphiolepis are one of the toughest plants around, but they normally get pretty big. Cosmic Pink is a compact dwarf shrub that gets masses of pink flowers.  Cosmic Pink tolerates extreme weather conditions including drought, frost and humidity and will handle most soil types. Cosmic Pink is ideal for water efficient gardens and landscapes and will give you a magnificent display of large showy pink flowers, which contrast with the foliage through spring and into summer.

Cosmic Pink is well suited for coastal positions and difficult planting sites, as well as dry inland regions. Cosmic Pink was selected due to its compact form and its larger flowers. Cosmic pink handles sandy to heavy type soils and works well when positioned in full sun or shade. This little Beauty will grow to approximately 50-80cm high depending on the climatic conditions.

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COSMIC WHITE™ Raphiolepis is a shrub with clean foliage and Bigger white flowers

Cosmic White™ Raphiolepis is a shrub with clean foliage and Bigger white flowers

COSMIC WHITE™ Raphiolepis indica 'RAPH01' PBR

What a flower dispaly. Cosmic white just puts on such a beautiful flower show in Spring. But there’s so much more to this plant.  Raphiolepis are one of those wonder landscape plants. They live in the very cold, the very dry, and the very hot humid regions. They live in the shade, the sun, and tolerate poor soils. The only problem is they can self-seed in the warmer parts of Australia, and being an exotic species that can be troublesome.

Enter Cosmic White™, a form that infrequently produces viable seed and has self-cleaning flowers. This safer form means you can now use them again in your landscape guilt free. Cosmic white is mid-sized, very disease resistant, and best of all has larger white flowers. Look how much bigger Cosmic White’s flowers are compared to the common type.

Feel confident in using Cosmic white as a sure bet in your landscape, knowing it’ll work for you almost anywhere.

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Nara Native Turf – Native Instant Lawn

Nara, a variety of Zoysia macrantha is the first and only general purpose native instant lawn in Australia, and this beautiful lawn I am sitting on is Nara.

Nara Native Turf - Drought Tolerant Turf  - Salt Tolerant Turf

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Native plants are so popular in Australian gardening because they are so drought tough, easy to care for, and are just so well adapted. Well Nara is a great addition for all those who prefer natives. But that’s not the only reason you would buy Nara native turf.  Nara has so many benefits its easy to see why so many people are now going native.

In drought studies, Zoysia macrantha was found to be more drought tolerant than Buffalo and Couch turf. Nara native turf also tolerates wet and humid conditions very well. Research proves it is far more salt tolerant than Couch, Kikuyu, Buffalo, and even all other types of Zoysia. It’s winter colour is better than exotic Zoysia types, and best of all Nara recovers well from wear damage, as it grows more quickly than all other Zoysia types. It is a low thatch variety of Zoysia meaning you can easily maintain it with any mower, and it will not get spongy on you, but best of all it needs far less mowing. Nara has moderate shade tolerance, coping with up to 40% shade.

The real appeal form Nara is in its beauty. When people first see it they can not believe it is a native lawn. People often say this looks so much better than other lawns.

Probably because it has a nice fine texture, and is such a pretty green colour. Carol from NSW said “The turf blends in to the surrounds very well. Being on acres, we didn’t want an artificial looking ‘turf’ as many of them are, rather something which blended in to the surrounding native grasses. Nara does the job very well.” Marlis form Queensland said “It has taken up so well. Very very hardy. Looks as green as everything. Very happy with its performance.” Marlies Bower, QLD

Nara Native turf has now been used on many large projects, and is proving easy to use. As with all Zoysia types it just cannot be planted in Winter in colder regions. In Queensland it seems warm enough to install all year round.

Now that Nara has proven itself to be a very reliable lawn, what are you waiting for? Go native.

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Why Palmetto Buffalo Turf is the best-selling brand of Buffalo Turf in the World

I just love the dark emerald green colour of Palmetto Buffalo Turf.  I’d like to share with you the reasons why Palmetto is the best-selling brand of Buffalo turf in the world. So just how does Palmetto compare to the other popular Buffalo types?

WHich Buffalo Turf Has The Best Winter Colour


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Firstly it has the best winter colour of any Buffalo turf. This research conducted over a few years showed Palmetto compared to standard Soft leaf Buffalo and Sir Walter. Palmetto had on average 55% better winter colour than Sir Walter, and 158% better colour than Standard Soft Leaf Buffalo.

Palmetto needs far less mowing, proven by two research projects, including the Department of Primary Industries which showed Palmetto grew a third less high. Palmetto was shown in the other research to produce 28% less clippings than Sir Walter. That’s a lot less catchers to empty, not to mention after you come back from holidays, your lawn won’t be a jungle.

Department of primary productions data shows Palmetto needs almost a third less edging than the average of the other popular Buffalos. Proof that Palmetto is the best lawn to lay near gardens. Palmetto was also shown to have good wear tolerance in the DPI research.

Choosing a Buffalo can be confusing, particularly with all the advertising hype surrounding Buffalo turf. That’s why researched facts like these are important. Some people are allergic to the pollen on grass. That’s why it’s great that in a Department of Primary Industry trial at Richmond, the data showed that Palmetto had on average 40% less seed heads.

Now the old style Buffalo was very scratchy and had barbs on the leaves just like this, which gave lots of people rashes, but Palmetto is beautiful and soft and down the leaf actually has no barbs at all. Beware, there is one new Buffalo type out there that has lots of scratchy barbs down it’s leaf, even though they claim its soft, so it is safer to simply buy soft Palmetto.

One thing I notice when walking on all these different Buffalo types in these research plots, is how much less Thatch Palmetto has compared to some. Look at the difference between this one, spongy hey, and this beautiful Palmetto.  The less thatchy nature of Palmetto makes it easier to mow.

When it comes to drought Palmetto has proven in a large research project conducted by a water authority that it can survive having the water turned off for 60 days in summer with no rain, and when the water was turned back on again it fully recovered in 60 days.

We do not recommend letting your lawn get this dry, but it proves how Drought tough Palmetto is. Only 2 types of Buffalo sold in Australia were proven to do this in that test. Palmetto has for a decade now performed very well in shade. This shade lawn is now 10 years old.

One thing research will not show you is how relaxing it is to lie on this lovely grass. I love its softness, its beauty, and its dark emerald green colour. In fact it has the darkest emerald green colour of any Buffalo lawn.

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