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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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Horrible weather in sydney!!! The View From Ozbreed Gardens Today – Thursday 17/10/2013

Horrible weather in sydney!!! The View From Ozbreed Gardens Today – Thursday 17/10/2013

Australia is a really tough place to live at times, and we live in shelter. Imagine with the severe drought, heat and high winds of late how hard it is for plants to live.

It’s important to choose tough drought tolerant plants. Many of Ozbreed’s plants fit this brief, but just remember in times like this if you have to establish them, they are going to need lots of water make it through the first part of their life. In conditions like these even drought tolerant native plants need top up water to remain healthy.

You have to feel for all the Landscapers, and gardeners trying to get plants and turf to take in these conditions. Months of no rain, wind and heat. If you are installing turf and plants don’t skimp on the irrigation for the first 2 months, and in conditions like these, maybe 3 to 4 months.

PS. Wishing good luck to all those people effected by the fires.

Native Hedging Plants – For Hot Dry Windy Positions

Native Hedging Plants – For Harsh, Hot, Dry, Windy Positions

For years the main specialist native hedging plants have been Lilly Pillies. They are fine for shaded or general conditions, but in hot, dry, exposed and windy sites they can struggle. Now there are a number of new specialist native hedging and screening plants that love exposure, with unique Westringia and Callistemon plants leading the way.

Part of the reason for the revival in hedging plants is the increased use of low cost long arm and standard hedge trimmers that can hedge plants in a fraction of the time. Pruning can be done more often at a lower cost of time and money, and without the back-breaking work. If you haven’t tried one yet you don’t know what you’re missing.Many exotics like English and Japanese Box make good hedges but are a little slow to establish. Murraya, Viburnum, and Photinia are widely used as screens and larger hedges, and are ideal for many situations, but for hot, exposed and windy sites they can struggle at times. For most years they will be fine, but in Australia every now and then we get extreme heat and wind.

Most of our capitals experience 40 to 45 degree days with hot winds at some time. This is when plants are truly tested. Even Acmenasmithii can be tested in these situations. Add severe drought to the equation, finding plants that survive our tough, sun burnt country can be hard. With all the rain on the East Coast lately, it is easy to be lulled into a false sense of security and not plan for the certain return of drought, heat, and hot winds.

In years gone by certain species of native plants like Callistemon, Westringia, Leptospermum and Melaleuca have survived these harsh periods very well, but most cultivars are poorly suited to hedging. Their internodes are not spaced right, or the shape is wrong, or they get untidy after a few years. Breeding has improved many of these plants to the point that they now make great hedging and screening plants for hot exposed conditions.

Some exotics like Raphiolepisalso cope with these conditions. Some of the best forms of this plant are recent releases, such as Oriental Pearl. It is ideal for use in smaller hedges, and has dark green shiny leaves and lots of white flowers in spring. Cosmic Pink is a small Raphiolepis with pink flowers that makes a nice hedge with regular pruning. Cosmic White will make a medium sized hedge with the same dark green leaves and even larger white flowers. These three plants set very little seed, making them a safer choice, and were bred by Vic Ciccolella.

Moving back to the natives, Callistemon and Westringia are known as some of the most reliable landscape plants, however read more…