Plants that challenge

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.

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Native Plants for smaller gardens

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.

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The survivors

While several plants and parts of plants in my garden are dying, there is still some flowers appearing. This garden relies more on foliage colour and contrast rather than flowers to add interest. I managed to plant about 100 of my home grown plants over the long weekend.