Text and images by Warren Sheather
We are now in mid spring and the garden is a blaze of colour. The flowers of many wattles have faded but there are some species that are just reaching their peak. Grevilleas and Prostantheras are also contributing to the floral display.
Calothamnus rupestris is a Western Australian native.
The species is known as the Cliff Net Bush or Mouse Ears.
The latter common name refers to the supposed similarity of the fruits to a mouse.
This medium, erect shrub carries clusters of red flowers in spring.
Chorizema cordatum , the Heart-leaf Flame Pea, is a native of south-western Western Australia and develops into spreading shrub reaching a height of one metre.
Leaves are heart-shaped up to six centimetres long with a leathery texture.
Sprays of red, pea-shaped flowers cover plants in spring.
Tip pruning is beneficial after flowering.
Grevillea jephcottii a rare species from Pine Mountain in northeast Victoria.
It is an upright, open shrub with light green, hairy leaves and dense, pale green flower clusters, which circle the branches.
The flower colour is unusual in grevilleas.
Micromyrtus ciliata is known as the Fringed Honey-myrtle and is a dwarf to small shrub with spreading branches.
Small flowers are pink in bud and mature from deep pink to red.
What the flowers lack in size they make up for in quantity.
Flowers cover the stems in spring and summer.
Prostanthera scuttelarioides is a small to medium shrub reaching a height of one metre in our garden.
The leaves are pale to mid-green and up to three centimetres long.
Unlike most mint bushes the foliage has virtually no perfume.
The flowers are about one centimetre long, pale to deep mauve and appear in spring and summer.
This mint bush is a local species and is found in Cathedral Rock National Park.
Pandorea pandorana - has stunning white flowers but requires shelter from frost
Solanum aviculare is a very attractive native tobacco.