Recently I have been reminded of some great hakeas to grow. The first is the pincushion hakea and there is a great specimen growing in Meredith near the public toilets.
As the flowers come out over a period of time you see them gradually unfurl and go from cream to pink as they age.
Hakea laurina is a medium to tall shrub that tolerates a moderate frost after it is established. It prefers well drained soil. The nectar feeding birds just love it.