Category Archives: Landscaping Plants

Lomandras for Queensland

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Queensland can have some very extreme conditions for landscape plantings, wet, dry and high humidity can cause problems for a lot of plant species. Lomandras are a notoriously tough plant, but not every lomandra variety is suited to the Queensland climate. This article will show which are the best lomandras for Queensland, even ones that are phytophthora resistant.

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Advantages of Using Native Plants in Gardens

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Our Australian native’s plants are greatly desired overseas, and it is any wonder, they are tough, reliable plants that work and look wonderful in many garden styles. In the past Australian native plants have often been thought of as untidy, but with breeders producing new cultivars, there is now tidier, even tougher Australian Native plants suitable for every garden.

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Landscape plants to die for

Landscape professionals need landscape plants that are longer lived and are strong growers so that they will perform well in landscapes. But what plants will also give the landscape that real ‘wow’ factor, with stunning coloured foliage and amazing flowers?

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What The Landscape Professional Needs To Know When Specifying Ozbreed Plants

To make sure your plants aren’t substituted and you’re getting the right Ozbreed plant, use this list of Ozbreed’s Authorised Suppliers.

Warning! Plant types are continuously being substituted

Mundi™ Westringia

Substitution of plants can ruin your design. Plants that are of a totally different size, shape or texture are often substituted. Worse still, they are sometimes substituted with plants that will not perform in that situation, or even with a completely different species.

With grasses and strappy leaf plants there may not be a very noticeable appearance difference, but there definitely is a performance difference. When Lomandra longifolia’s such as Tanika® Lomandra are substituted with Lomandra confertifolia’s there is a major performance difference as the confertifolia’s can’t handle tough roadside conditions.

With some of our new Westringias it’s a bit of both. We have had comments on projects where Mundi™ Westringia has been specified and the plants had grown way above knee height. The problem was that Mundi™ Westringia had been substituted with common Westringia and the appearance is noticeably different.

Why do they substitute?

Usually contractors substitute to save a few percent on price, which helps their profit, or allows them to win the bid. Sometimes it is the supplier selling the wrong plant.

How can you protect your design from this?

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Sunrise™ Cordyline is a heat tolerant plant with vivid pink and maroon foliage

Sunrise™ Cordyline is a heat tolerant plant with vivid pink and maroon foliage

Sunrise™ Cordyline australis 'LELC03' PBR

Need a stand out landscape plant. These Sunrise™ Cordyline speak for themselves with their vivid pink to maroon variegated foliage.

Sunrise™ Cordyline  is far more heat tolerant than other vivid pink cordyline types. Its foliage stays cleaner through the summer and even in the colder temperatures it holds up well.

Sunrise™ Cordyline  will grow up to 2m in height and it takes several years for it to develop a trunk of any size. It is a great feature or specimen plant. If they get too tall for you, every few years you can simply cut back the trunk low, and they will reshoot looking even better.

They are great in gardens, along fences, or as a container plant. If you want eye catching vivid colours than Sunrise™ Cordyline is for you.

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Aussie Rambler™ Carpobrotus is a native groundcover plant with large pink flowers

Aussie Rambler™ Carpobrotus is a native groundcover plant with large pink flowers

Aussie Rambler™ Carpobrotus glaucescens 'CAR10' PBR

Aussie Rambler (Giant flowering Pig face)

What an amazing Australian native groundcover plant. The Aussie Rambler™ Carpobrotus flowers are 2 to 3 times bigger than the flowers from the common form, there’s more of them, and best of all, they flower for quite a bit of the year.

No wonder it goes by the nick name Giant flowering pigface. But this is only one reason why this by far the best Australian native succulent.  Firstly it handles frosts much better than the common form of Carpobrotus glaucesens, and has performed well down to Minus 5 degrees Celsius.

Testing next year will see if it can go even colder. It copes much better with heavy soil types. The common form only grows in sandy soils near the coast. Aussie Rambler™ Carpobrotus copes better with heat and humidity, and is more disease resistant.

It’s been tested for years now inland in heavy soils, with frosts in winter, and over 40 degree days in summer. Aussie Rambler™ Carpobrotus is perfect for roof top gardens, road side plantings, in any garden as a ground cover, or for erosion control and cascading down rocks and slopes.

It hugs the ground closely, and each plant can spread a metre or more making it a great plant for large areas. It is well known to be a fire retardant plant. So what are you waiting for, don’t image these massive flowers in your garden, instead enjoy them, so get planting now.

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Indestructible Landscape Plants and Turf

Indestructible Landscape Plants and Turf

 

Indestructible Landscape Plants and Turf

(Pictured in this photo is Shara™ lomandra)

By Todd Layt

Any garden will benefit from almost indestructible plants and turf. Some fuss unless the dirt, climate and care is correct where others just keep giving in the face of adversity. These plants deserve the title of ‘bulletproof’ or ‘almost indestructible’ and they are a good starting point for an easy-care landscape.

The physical characteristics that make plants bulletproof are being free of pest and disease problems, having a good tolerance for soil extremes – both dry and wet conditions – and being both heat and cold tolerant. Bulletproof plants also establish quickly to form a strong root system, which is part of the plant’s survival tactic.

Of course if a plant is too bulletproof, it could become a weed. To work in a landscape and not become weedy, select plants that don’t produce lots of seed, and don’t become invasive.

Where to look

You can discover bulletproof plants growing in your local area, particularly on road sides. Look at plants that have survived in neglected gardens, thrive in the tough environments of a roundabout planting or grow happily beside a footpath, fence or car park.

If you can’t identify the particular plant yourself, get help from the local council authority or local garden centre, where experts should be able to identify not only the genus and species but also the cultivar. There are also state of the art apps available to help identify plants as well as well researched websites like www.ozbreed.com.au

A word of warning though – even bulletproof plants may take a hit if they are placed outside their usually broad comfort zone. You have to choose the right plant for the right place. Wet or poorly drained soils, extremes of cold or heat, salt spray and other factors can take their toll. So can poor planting or lack of good post-planting care just to get the plant established. Using the right mulch is also important. Chunky mulch with no fines not only reduces disease pressure, but it also stops weed seed from germinating. Mulch with lots of fines acts as a seed raising mix.

Having patrolled roundabouts, local parks and explored quite a few neglected gardens and landscapes looking for bulletproof plants, one plant breeder has developed and selected a range of tough, bulletproof selections. These plants, which are marketed by Ozbreed, can be used to set up the structure of the garden as hedges and edging plants, as groundcovers, massed shrubs for borders or accent plants to provide colour and seasonal interest…read more

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