Lots of Native Pepper

A bounty of native pepper fruit

A bounty of native pepper fruit

Tasmannia lanceolata, Mountain Pepperbush Mountain Pepper or Native Pepper is a medium shrub that is attractive in its own right with glossy dark green leaves that a pale underneath. The flowers are small, white to cream, on stalks and in clusters.

The plants are dioecious with male and female flowers on separate plants. This is an important thing to remember if you want to get the fruits. The fruit are rounded and have a furrow and are red ripening to black. I pick them when they are black and allow them to dry and store in ajar. They may be used like pepper if you grind them. The leaves are peppery too but I haven’t tried them.

Colour Contrasts

Boronia and cushion bush

Boronia and cushion bush

When designing how my garden looks I consider different colour effects and how plants will look when they are not in flower, which is often quite a long period of the year. Cushion Bush, Leucophyta brownii are lovely silver foliaged plants, they is often seen growing in coastal areas. Continue reading

Here is a Shady Lady!

Telopea 'Shady Lady'

Telopea ‘Shady Lady’

Some readers will fondly remember John Clark who was a passionate nurseryman with a nursery (Lover’s Leap) at Bungal, near Ballarat. I think of him when I look at various hakeas I have in my garden and also when I admire the flowers on the Telopea “Shady Lady”.

The waratah is starting to flower now and a few years ago John purchased a whole lot to sell so hopefully there are many other customers who think of him when they look at the flowers.

September Native Flowers

As it is spring there are lots of natives in flowers here are just a few

Adding Colour with Australian Native plants

Submerge the pot in a bucket of water before planting

Submerge the pot in a bucket of water before planting

I have been having a big clean up in the garden which has led to a few planting opportunities. There are a few nurseries in Ballarat so I visited 3 last week to see if there were any plants suitable for my garden.

I came home with nine plants and they were chosen to provide several months of colour and Grevillea rhyolitica “Deua Gold” will provide winter colour. Attracting birds is important and I also like to consider leaf texture for when the plants are not flowering. Continue reading