Text and images by Warren Sheather
Autumn has arrived with cooler nights. As we wait for whatever climatic challenges winter brings we may still enjoy the plants blooming this month.
Grevillea diversifolia is an erect or spreading shrub that reaches a height of about a metre in our garden.
Leaves are usually linear with some having a few lobes. Flower clusters may be profuse.
The cream-green blooms are about two centimetres across.
These would be the smallest flowers of any species.
Grevillea Pink Surprise is an attractive hybrid whose parents are said to be Grevillea banksii and Grevillea whiteana. Both are Queensland species.
Our specimen is about three metres tall and is growing against a northern wall.
Flowers are carried in long, terminal clusters. Each flower spike may reach a length of 20 centimetres.
Flowers are pale pink, profuse and carried for many months.
A sheltered position is necessary as "Pink Surprise" is very frost sensitive.
Callistemon Packers Selection develops into a small shrub, reaching a height of 1.5 metres, with pendulous growth habit. Leaves are about 4 cm long by 4 mm wide.
The conspicuous brushes are deep red fading to a duller colour as they age and are carried for many months. They are 9 cm long by 3 cm wide.
Callistemon Packer’s Selection is a variant of the well-known C. subulatus that arose in a tray of seedlings in a Sydney nursery.
Correa Coliban Riveris a form of C. glabra that was found near Kyneton, Victoria.
Our plants are less that two metres tall, dense with dark green leaves.
The tubular flowers are yellowish-green. The flower tips are splayed outwards.
Autumn and winter are the main flowering periods but plants have some flowers at other times.
Myoporum viscosumis known as the Sticky Boobialla. This medium, spreading shrub has dark green sticky leaves and masses of white flowers that usually appear from March to November.
Sporadic flowering may occur at other times. Purple, succulent fruits follow the flowers.
Both foliage and flowers are attractive features.
The species occurs in Victoria and South Australia.
Melaleuca radula - is also an attraction.
Rulingia salviifolia is a great addition to any garden.