Monthly Archives: September 2013

Red Alert™ Callistemon is a native hedge alternative to Photinia

Red Alert™ Callistemon is a native hedge alternative to Photinia

RED ALERT™ Callistemon viminalis 'KPS38' PBR

Red Alert™ Callistemon with its mass of red foliage new growth is a super drought tolerant native alternative to Photinia. Photinia is used all over Australia as a hedge, because people love its red new growth. Well Red Alert™ Callistemon is simply a better alternative, not just because it is native, but because it provides a better solution for the extremes of Australia’s hot summer. Callistemon viminalis are known for their ability to survive and prosper in tough Aussie conditions.

It tolerates most soil types, including poor soils, and is very frost, heat and humidity tolerant. Red Alert™ Callistemon’s vivid red new growth for about 4 months of the year is equal to Photinia, so you do not need to compromise on colour. It is more compact than most Photinia plants, so it will provide a far lower maintenance hedge. Unpruned it will reach above your head, but pruned once or twice per year it is a fabulous screening plant for hedges from around waste height to above your head.

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LITTLE JESS™ Dianella is a tough low maintenance plant with a clumping growth habit

Little Jess™ Dianella is a tough low maintenance plant with a clumping growth habit

Little Jess™ Dianella caerulea 'DCMP01' PBR


Little Jess™ Dianella is one of the most widely used plants for mass planting in Australia. That’s because the little plants are just so tough. Little Jess™ Dianella flowers really well, and looks nice and tidy. On a roadside planting it might need pruning after 5 years, but in a domestic situation, it helps to prune it every 3 years or so. Just cut it back to the ground in Spring or Autumn.

Little Jess™ Dianella is the most Reliable and biggest selling Dianella in Australia. Little Jess™ Dianella has excellent humidity tolerance, and good cold tolerance.

Little Jess™ Dianella is Great for all over Australia. It remains evergreen in most regions, except in really cold parts like Canberra where it may discolour in winter. Dianella caerulea is known as one of the most drought tolerant, hardy Flax Lilies. Underground rhizomes ensure excellent cold survival. Little Jess™ Dianella has very short, compact canes and it will not fall over like common Dianella caerulea which generally have long canes. Little Jess™ Dianella – in poor to normal soils won’t get very big. In really good soils it will get higher, but a prune every few years soon fixes that.

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Slim™ Callistemon is a great hedge for tight planting areas

Slim™ Callistemon is a great hedge for tight planting areas

Slim Callistemon viminalis 'CV01' BBR

Do you need a narrow growing small tree for along side Fences, walls, as a windbreak, or for a narrow garden? Then you should be considering Slim. Callistemons, or Bottle Brushes as they are often called are known to be very drought tolerant, and handle heat and humidity very well. They cope well with tough roadside conditions and most soil types.

Slim™ Callistemon can be kept quite narrow with occasional pruning, and will keep a fairly thin natural shape. It’s a good idea to at least prune once, 12 months after planting, but after that it’s narrow form keeps on keeping on. If left to grow naturally, Slim requires very minimal pruning to stay narrow. Slim flowers profusely in Spring, but it also often spots flowers at other times of the year including Autumn.

Slim™ Callistemon is quite self cleaning, meaning most of the pods fall off after flowering, which is important if you want a tidy looking low maintenance plant. One of the great things about slim is that its foliage naturally grows all the way down to the ground, making it the ideal farm wind break, or a great screening plant for general landscaping.  If you want you can prune away the lower branches.

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‘KATRINUS DELUXE’ Lomandra is a more dense erosion control plant with masses of yellow flowers

‘KATRINUS DELUXE’ Lomandra is a more dense erosion control plant with masses of yellow flowers

Lomandra longifolia Katrinus Deluxe


Lomandra longifolia ‘Katrinus Deluxe’ is one of the most drought tough plants in the world. Not only has it got a finer leaf than most Lomandra longifolia, but it also flowers more. Look at the masses of yellow flowers on these plants. Katrinus Deluxe tolerates most types of soils, and is more frost tolerant than most Lomandra types.

In more humid regions it is best to avoid using this plant in periodically saturated soils, or depressed areas. In non humid areas this is not a concern. Katrinus Deluxe handles full sun and moderate to slightly heavy shade. It is widely used as a Roadside plant in Australia, New Zealand and the USA due to it’s toughness, its low maintenance, its evergreen habit, and the fact that it will not produce seed.

It is an excellent erosion control plant. These Katrinus Deluxe have been in for many years, and have never been pruned, and this is about as big as they get.

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Cassa Blue® Dianella is a strappy leaf plant with beautiful blue foliage

Cassa Blue® Dianella is a strappy leaf plant with beautiful blue foliage

Cassa Blue® Dianella has masses of flowers, more than any other Dianella and it’s form is more of a clumping Dianella caerulea rather than spreading.

Cassa Blue® Dianella caerulea 'DBB03' PBR


Its stunning blue foliage, and highly desirable size and shape, make it the ideal plant for commercial landscape and home garden design, especially for South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia, the ACT and California in the US, where it works in most soil types and conditions, including wind swept coastal areas, or hot dry inland conditions.  

In Sydney and Brisbane, Or Florida in the US it needs better draining soils to perform at its best. So for blue foliage or masses of these flowers, plant Cassa Blue® Dianella in your Landscape.

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Ruby Velvet™ Anigozanthos is a kangaroo paw with bold red flowers

Ruby Velvet™ Anigozanthos is a kangaroo paw with bold red flowers and is one of the most compact mid sized Kangaroo paws available.

It repeat flowers in Spring and Autumn, and is more black spot resistant than most Kangaroo paw types. Its vivid ruby coloured flowers are a real highlight in any garden.

RUBY VELVET™ Anigozanthos hybrid


Ruby Velvet™ Anigozanthos is a relatively frost hardy plant as far as Kangaroo paws go, and will survive in full sun, to light shade. They love free draining soils, but Ruby copes well in heavier soils.

After flowering, remove the old flowering stems and leaves to encourage new growth and flowers for the following season. In late winter pruneRuby Velvet™ Anigozanthos back close to the ground, and give it a good dose of Slow release fertiliser.

Ruby Velvet™ Anigozanthos red flowers will just add so much colour to any Landscape.

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Gold Velvet Anigozanthos is a tough landscape Kangaroo Paw with yellow flowers

Gold Velvet Anigozanthos is a tough landscape Kangaroo Paw with yellow flowers. Its drought and frost tolerance is very high compared to other Kangaroo Paws and it is more resistant to black spot.

Anigozanthos hybrid 'Gold Velvet' PBR


Gold Velvet Anigozanthos is a mid sized Kangaroo paw. Small ones are too weak and are basically annuals, as they have lots of Annual Cats paw breeding in them. Large ones are tougher but they are too big for Landscaping. Gold velvet is tough like the big ones, but more compact.

Gold Velvet Anigozanthos is repeat flowering, and will flower much of Spring, summer and Autumn. If you want really nice paws, trim the older spent flowers off and you will get more repeat flowering. In Late Winter prune Gold Velvet Anigozanthos back close to the ground, and give it a good dose of slow release fertiliser.

For a reliable Kangaroo paw that flowers for much of the year and only grows just over waist high its worth including Gold Velvet in your landscape.

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Blue Gem™ Westringia is a native shrub with vivid bluish-purple flowers

Blue Gem™ Westringia is a native shrub with vivid bluish-purple flowers and would have to be the best flowering Westringia plant I have ever seen.

BLUE GEM™ Westringia 'WES03'

Blue Gem™ Westringia produces masses of amazing bluish-purple coloured flowers which look like they have been coloured with a fluorescent highlighter. Not only does Blue Gem have brightly coloured flowers but it has very attractive bushy growth which responds well to pruning.

Blue Gem™ Westringia grows well in most soil types, and is an excellent choice for  coastal or inland gardens. Like all Westringia types it handles windy salt laden conditions. Its great for hot sunny positions or spots that get light shade. Blue Gem™ Westringia will flower profusely in spring and regularly at other times of the year.

You can keep it pruned like in the photo above, or prune it only very occasionally and let it grow quite large. As a beautiful flowering plant that’s low maintenance, Blue Gem™ Westringia is hard to beat.

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Grey Box™ Westringia is a drought tolerant native box hedge plant

Grey Box™ Westringia is a drought tolerant native box hedge plant that can be used as a small formal hedge or as a mass planted compact shrub that will only get about double this height.

GREY BOX™ Westringia fruticosa 'WES04' PBR

It makes a truly compact hedge, or when mass planted, a sea of little ball shaped plants. Grey Box™ Westringia is a tough plant and It’s drought tolerance is just the beginning. It handles very high salt laden windy positions, and copes well with frosts, heat and humidity. It works in full sun to part shade.

Its grey blue foliage colour contrasts nicely with its mass of white flowers. This little plant is just so tight, it makes a much better small hedge than English Box for dry climates that have limited water resources. So formal hedges no longer have to be a luxury item, the cost of water, and care just got a whole lot less.

Grey Box™ Westringia is so beautiful and so functional, and it just has to be one of the lowest maintenance plants you could put in any landscape.

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Ozbreed Aussie Box® Westringia is a compact drought tolerant box hedge plant

Ozbreed Aussie Box® Westringia is a compact drought tolerant box hedge plant

Growing small formal hedges in Australia or any other drought prone climate is difficult. Plants like English Box and Japanese Box often struggle with poor soils, and drought. Ozbreed Aussie Box® Westringia is a dense compact Aussie native shrub that’s super drought tolerant. Ozbreed Aussie Box® Westringia performs well in most parts of Australia, and in California.


It can be made into a low maintenance small hedge, or can be used with very minimal pruning in gardens and mass plantings simply left in its natural ball shape. Ozbreed Aussie Box® Westringia flushes with mauve coloured flowers in Spring, and often in Autumn as well.

It’s natural drought tolerance makes it great for dry inland gardens, and its tolerance to salt laden winds make it ideal for coastal gardens. It works in full sun to part shade, and can cope with many soil types.

So as a formal hedge or a naturally shaped small shrub, Ozbreed Aussie Box® Westringia is one beautiful tough Aussie.

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