In July there was a great display of various banksias at Cranbourne Botanic Gardens. There are quite a few cultivars now available that are suitable for small gardens.
Those of us who like to grow Australian native plants often long to grow some of the more difficult species in their own garden and mostly they come from WA. Frost is sometimes a determining factor in whether we are successful or not. Pimelea physodes, Qualup Bells, is one such plant that I find it is difficult to maintain in cultivation. In recent years grafted plants have become available and Melton Botanic Gardens has a lovely one on display.
There are hundreds of small eucalypts to choose from and here are some more from Melton Botanic Gardens. I am thinking of growing some from seed so downloaded the seed catalogue from Nindethana Seeds. Hoping to restrict the bug just to growing vegetable seeds this season as there isn’t much room for more eucalypts in the garden, unless we move the fence again.
I planted some peas in the glasshouse to see if they would set and yes now there are some small purple pods.
Here are some ideas for native plants that provide colour and interest in smaller gardens. Some places to visit to see a range of native plants are Cranbourne and Melton Botanic Gardens. The Hoffman Walk at Lara is also worth a visit. In spring there will be a number of native flower shows, that showcase what grows well in local gardens. Lookout for the Pomonal and Ballarat events.
Here are a few photos from the Melbourne International Garden Show earlier this year. Some of these ideas may appeal to you if you are renovating a garden