Text and images by Warren Sheather
Callistemon 'Little John' Little John is a dwarf bottlebrush that reaches a height of one metre with a similar width.
The leaves are narrow and have an unusual blue-green colour.
The flower spikes are dark red and attract honeyeaters.
Remove spent flowers to ensure plants maintain their compact shape.
Callistemon comboynensis the Cliff Bottlebrush, is a medium shrub reaching a height of two metres.
The leathery leaves contain numerous oil dots. The eye-catching spikes are red, up to nine centimetres long and appear in summer and autumn.
Remove the spent brushes to maintain dense plants.
Correa 'Canberra Bells' is a small shrub reaching a height of one metre with a similar spread.
This hybrid was been selected to celebrate the Centenary of Canberra in 2013.
Heart-shaped leaves are two centimetres long, lustrous green above and paler beneath.
Flowers are bell-shaped, red with white tips and carried through autumn into winter. Blooms are conspicuous, profuse and bird attracting.
Tip pruning is appreciated.
Grevillea diminuta is a low, spreading shrub that will reach a height of about 50 centimetres with a spread of one metre.
The leaves are elliptical, less than two centimetres long with an upper smooth dark green surface and a silvery hairy lower surface.
The rusty-red flowers are carried in dense, pendulous clusters up to 5 centimetres long. They are borne terminally or carried on short lateral branches resembling small bunches of grapes.
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.
Pandorea jasminoides - has stunning large flowers but is frost tender.
Hakea orthorrhyncha another stunner.