Text and images by Warren Sheather
Even in the depths of winter our garden is still providing plenty of blooms. Grevillea sp and Eremophila sp figure prominently in those plants that are flowering. Growing a wide range of native plants will ensure a parade of flowers throughout the year.
Boronia crenulata is a small shrub with small, spoon-shaped leaves that have a strong aniseed aroma.
Flowers are four-petalled and pink.
Plants carry flowers for most of the year with the heaviest blooming from late winter to spring.
Eremophila laanii is an upright shrub that reaches a height of 1.5 metres in our garden.
Leaves are narrow, flat with a pointed apex and a succulent feel.
Tubular flowers are white, pink or reddish pink. They are profuse and conspicuous.
Tip pruning is appreciated.
Eremophila maculata has many forms.
The species has varied foliage, growth habit and flower colour.
One form is known as 'Aurea' and is a compact shrub with typical succulent and slightly aromatic foliage.
'Aurea' carries yellow flowers for most of the year.
Grevillea Bon Accord is sometimes known as 'Bonfire'. This tall shrub has narrow, divided leaves.
New growth is bronze. The waxy red flowers are carried in large clusters from early spring to late summer.
Both foliage and flowers are attractive features.
Grevillea lanigera 'Mt Tamboritha' is a ground covering form of G. lanigera.
The tightly clustered leaves are grey green.
Pink and cream flowers are carried in showy bunches. The lengthy flowering period extends from March to December.
Melaleuca fulgens - attacts insects when in flower
Grevillea" 'Orange Marmalade' is another favourite.