Text and images by Warren Sheather
The good rain in late spring and early summer has triggered a bonanza of blooming in our garden. Melaleucas and eremophilas are featured plus a small grevillea.
Eremphila denticulata is a small to medium shrub. Leaves are slightly sticky with small teeth around the margins.
Nectar-rich, tubular flowers are initially yellow and mature to red.
The main flowering period is from September to March.
Sporadic flowering will occur at other times.
Eremophila Thundercloud is a cultivar of the well known E. maculata.
"Thundercloud" is a compact medium shrub with dark green leaves and eye-catching, purple, tubular flowers. Flowers are produced profusely from late autumn to summer.
Tip pruning after flowering is appreciated.
Grevillea humilis is a small erect to spreading shrub. Leaves are narrow and held in clusters of three.
Flower clusters are white or pink and carried for most of the year. There is a cultivar known as "Coastal Gem".
This is a useful edging plant or in cottage a gardens and rockeries.
Melaleuca diosmatifolia, the Rosy Paperbark, is a native of New South Wales.
This tall, upright shrub will reach a height of five metres. Linear leaves are light green.
Cylindrical spikes are mauve and age to white.
Flowering extends from late spring to summer.
The rain has triggered a proliferation of flowers.
Melaleuca elliptica, the Granite Honey-myrtle, is a medium, spreading shrub that reaches a height of three metres.
Small leaves are elliptical and grey-green.
The spectacular flowers are held in large bottlebrush shaped clusters. They are deep red and are carried on old wood during spring and summer.
Olearia tenuifolia - has attracted a blue flower wasp.
Grevillea 'Splendour' is a bright plant for any garden.