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Liriopes – What makes them great!

If you are looking for a strappy leaf plant that is tremendously versatile and exceptionally tough, you can’t go past Liriopes.

From bitterly cold areas to tropical locations, Liriopes with tolerate them all.

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Evergreen Baby™ Lomandra is a Tough, Super Compact Plant that Handles Periodic Wet Feet

Evergreen Baby™ Lomandra is a tough, super compact plant that handles periodic wet feet, is sterile and gets lots of golden flowers in spring


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Pruning Strappy Leaf Plants – Part 2

Pruning Strappy Leaf Plants – Part 2

Even with this selection of extremely low maintenance plants, it’s inevitable that some pruning will be needed. These tips give some often eye catching pruning techniques that will keep your landscape from looking hacked at.

Pruning Strappy Leaf Plants

BABY BLISS® Dianella revoluta ‘DTN03’ PBR

An excellent garden or mass planting choice for low blue foliage. Works well all over Australia, but avoid using in depressed areas that get extra wet. It does well in dry situations. Further south where humidity is lower, it can work in depressed spots as long as they are not permanently wet.

• Mass spring flowers

• Vivid blue foliage

• Tough little plant

• Very frost tolerant

• Non invasive

CARE

Prune back every 2 to 3 years. Cut back to half way on mass planting areas. For gardens older leaves can be removed if that is preferable. For a more vivid blue colour use 8 to 12 months slow release fertiliser.

FLAMIN’® Phormium tenax ‘PHOS3’ PBR

A vibrant and midsized Phormium.

• More vibrant colour than other single colour Phormiums

• Mid sized

• Tougher than other purperea types

• Grows as well as green Phormiums

CARE

In gardens remove older leaves if ever needed. On roadsides, prune after 4 to 5 years if it gets too high for line of sight reasons or if it needs rejuvenating. It works well with out fertiliser, but will look more vibrant if 8 to 12 month slow release fertiliser is used.

SWEET MIST® Phormium tenax ‘PHOS2’ PBR

The richest colour and most dense, compact Phormium in Australia.

• Small

• Rich colour

• Stronger grower than Elfin

CARE

For gardens, if Sweet Mist ever gets discoloured foliage simply pull out dry looking bits. For mass planting like roadsides, the new foliage will after a period grow over the older looking foliage, so pruning should only be needed after 5 to 7 years. For a richer colour fertilise with an 8 to 12 month slow release fertiliser.

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The Best Way To Prune Strappy Leaf Plants – Plant Pruning Tips

The Best Way To Prune Strappy Leaf Plants

By Todd Layt

Even with this selection of extremely low maintenance plants, it’s inevitable that some pruning will be needed. These tips give some often eye catching pruning techniques that will keep your landscape from looking hacked at.

Best Way To Prune Strappy Leaf Plants

Cassa Blue® Dianella caerulea ‘DBB03’ PBR

It performs extremely well in less humid regions.

• Blue foliage
• Very low seed set, so a safe environmental choice
• Mass flowering
• Excellent drought, frost and cold tolerance
• Good salt spray tolerance

CARE
Prune back half way every 3 to 5 years or alternatively, pull out older leaves. Performs better with 8 to 12 slow release fertiliser every 2 years.

Tanika® Lomandra longifolia ‘LM300’ PBR

Tanika is one of the most reliable and best landscape plants for all over

Australia (excluding alpine regions and high humidity areas).

• Sterile

• Evergreen winter and drought

• No irrigation needed

• Trim each 4 to 7 years

• One of the most reliable and best landscape plants for Australia

• Low fertiliser requirements

CARE

Trim in to a ball shape if needed, usually about half way and preferably trim every 3 to 7 years. Tanika ® Lomandra will live and prosper without pruning for more than a decade, but will look better with pruning after 3 to 7 years. If you’re in a high profile area, use slow release fertiliser every 1 to 2 years; 8 to 12 month preferably.

Tanika ® Lomandra will survive and prosper for more than a decade without fertiliser, but will look more dark green with fertiliser. Fertilising yearly will result in pruning being required after about 3 to 4 years. Thus if it is on a high profile site, use fertiliser, if a roadside, fertilise at time of planting only.

COLD

With fertiliser Tanika ® Lomandra usually stays evergreen down to -8 to -10°c. Has survived in the past down to -12°c. Avoid use in regions that have many days below -8°c in a row (eg alpine regions).

Tasred® Dianella tasmanica ‘TR20’ PBR

Performs well in many conditions in Perth, South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, ACT and in NSW.

• Nice flowers and berries

• Has been grown with no known reseeding issues

• In colder parts it gets winter red growth on foliage

• Wide leaf looks like a compact wide leaf Phormium, but with really nice flowers

CARE

Prune back half way when needed each 3 to 7 years. It is more important to have a sharp implement for wider leaf plants. Sharp shears work well. Fertilise with 8 to 12 month slow release fertiliser if darker green foliage is desired.

Little Jess™ Dianella caerulea ‘DCMP01’ PBR

Little Jess is a great compact low maintenance plant for humid areas, and moderately cold areas.

• Mass purple flowers

• Compact

• Architectural shape

• Drought and moderately frost tolerant

• Non invasive

CARE

Prune every 2 to 3 years in gardens, and every 4 to 6 years on roadsides. Trim to half height. Avoid pruning in winter if possible. Slow release fertiliser is recommended for gardens every couple of years. Roadsides generally do OK without it, but for a darker foliage colour apply as for the garden.

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Wyeena™ Dianella is a variegated clean foliage Dianella

Wyeena™ Dianella is a variegated clean foliage Dianella 

Wyeena™ Dianella tasmanica 'TAS300' PBR

Wyeena™ Dianella is a hardy variegated form of the popular Dianella  tasmanica. It has striking colour contrast and clean growing foliage. This new Australian native is sure to be a hit in your garden. Wyeena™ Dianella is best suited to southern New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, the ACT and Tasmania.

It’s ideal for mass planting, for native gardens, accent gardens or as a foliage plant or a feature pot. Wyeena™ Dianella is the best variegated Dianella for tolerating frosts, cold or dry weather. Wyeena™ Dianella looks great under garden lighting and works in full sun to moderately heavy shade.

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Tanika® Lomandra is a drought tolerant landscape plant

Tanika® Lomandra is a drought tolerant landscape plant

Tanika® Lomandra longfolia 'LM300' PBR

In Spring 2012 Tanika® Lomandra had its 10th birthday as the best landscape plant in Australia. Its popularity keeps rising whether it’s for a home garden or a large commercial development. So why is it so popular?

Is it its clean fine dark green foliage and its bright golden flowers that make it a vast improvement over the common Lomandra?

Is it its evergreen foliage in cold frost and its legendary drought tolerance. No other Lomandra has ever come close and the ones that also have fine foliage simply never stay as clean.

If you want green and not straw brown in cold heat and drought then Tanika® Lomandra is the best and most reliable choice. Tanika® Lomandra has an average size of 60cm wide and high and if it gets taller than this, a trim every 4 to 5 years keeps it really tidy.

In Spring or Autumn either prune it into a ball shape or prune it hard back to a to about 15cm.

With its reliability and low maintenance Tanika® Lomandra has become Australia’s favourite evergreen plant.

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Revelation® Dianella is a Strappy Leaf Plant with blue green foliage

Revelation® Dianella was one of the best performing Dianella revoluta through the recent wet. Its clean grey green foliage didn’t blemish like the rest.

Revelation® Dianella revoluta 'DRG04' PBR

 

It is a mass flowering type that copes with most soil types. It grows really well in all states expect Queensland and even performs well in Sydney. It’s also very frost tolerant. Revelation® Dianella works well for commercial and residential mass plantings, foliage or grassy gardens.

It gets about 50cm or so high with a spread of about 50cm. It does appreciate being pruned every 3 to 4 years.

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