Text and images by Warren Sheather
Spring is almost upon us and the wattles are beginning to make their presence felt in both local bushland and gardens. Our range of wattles means that the garden is a blaze of yellow from August until October. Many Grevilleas and Hakeas are continuing to bloom this month.
Acacia neriifolia is known as the Fan Wattle and is common in the Pilliga Scrub in central NSW.
The small phyllodes are triangular and the flowers are in globular heads.
Usually plants are small upright shrubs.
The form illustrated is a prostate shrub with a spread exceeding one metre.
Grevillea Splendour is a medium shrub with blue-green, bipinnate foliage.
Golden globular flower heads cover the plants in late winter and early summer.
This species is another central NSW wattle that extends into southern Queensland.
Rhodanthe anthemoides Southern Stars reaches a height of 30 metres with a spread of 60 centimetres.
Masses of papery-white flowers with bright yellow centres are carried from late winter to spring.
Rulingia salviifolia is a medium, spreading shrub with white-hairy juvenile growth.
Leaves are up to 12 centimetres long.
Flowers are white, one centimetre across and held in clusters.
In late winter and spring flowers are both conspicuous and profuse.
Thryptomene 'Payne’s Hybrid' is about one metre tall with pendulous growth habit.
Small leaves are aromatic. Small, pink flowers are profuse and held for many months.
This hybrid will tolerate shady situations.
Acacia amoena - is another local showy wattle flowering 'early'
Grevillea lutea is a welcome addition to any garden.