Awake, thou wintry earth – Fling off thy sadness! Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth Your ancient gladness! ~Thomas Blackburn, “An Easter Hymn” I travelled in Tasmania and Melbourne last week and saw the magic combination of a wet winter and warm days arriving. Blossom and color filled the air, peacocks sunned
Lavendual dentata or ‘French Lavender’ is a spreading shrub to 1m tall and 1.5m wide. Its leaves are dark green, straight, and about 4cm long. Its flowers are fragranced, purple in colour, and are borne on spikes which are produced in mid and late summer. So if you plant it now you should have flowers in February/March.
I ‘visited the interior’ recently and was reminded of a very useful, underutilised and pretty plant genus, the Eremophilas. These are extraordinary Australian shrubs able to withstand months without rain, nutrient deficient soils, frost and a wide range of soil types. Their natural distribution is almost all of Australia with the exception of the tropics and southern Victoria and Tasmania. They favour low rainfall areas so along the coast they should be in the drier, sunny and well drained parts of the garden.
For the ultimate green date, putting on a ‘green shirt’, possibly made of hemp or heading to the nearest organic restaurant just won’t cut it. There are many simple ways which you can have an easy, eco-friendly date on a budget. Here are some great earth-friendly ideas for you try this weekend.
The recent cold blast of wintery weather has put me in mind of southern climes, warm furry pajamas and this plant. Lambs Ear is a perennial ground cover with white furry leaves that are a silky smooth to touch and, for those of us who havent handled lambs, are quite true to their common name.
The word Agave comes from the Greek for ‘noble’ and Agave attenuata has a striking and much loved form of large green rosettes with pointed tips. Some people adore succulents, let me say this is certainly a good one even if you are not a fan. Originating in Mexico and seriously drought tolerant it grows across most of Australia, is salt and wind tolerant and looks particularly good as a feature plant with stone, gravel or sand.
Green thumb or not, the savewater!® Plant Library has all the advice you need for choosing the best looking, low-maintenance, and weather tolerant plants. Don’t know what sort of plant you’re after? It does all the hard work for you and sorts them into lists for many styles of gardens, each with beautiful photographs and a wealth of information and tips for best results.
The Dianella caerulea or Paroo Lilly is an attractive, robust strappy grass. The ‘Goddess’ variety has a neater form with lush emerald green straps, light green mid-stem and new growth, starry blue flowers and purple berries. The Goddess also has long lasting cut foliage for indoor decoration. Growing up to 1 metre high and up to 60 centimeters wide the Goddess forms an excellent mid height screening plant, luxuriant bed filler or an attractive feature container plant.
This plant can be quite hardy but has a lovely lush damp look about it. It’s a nice example of a number of good things about gardening. Firstly it’s a climber, so you can explore some vertical spaces in your garden.
It should come as some relief to know there is a part of our life we may not be that confident about, but is actually pretty straightforward to get right. In a high tech, high stress world a successful garden seems out of reach, we don’t have the wisdom, the money and mostly the time. And yet, a link to the wonderful world of green plants, a link to earth, air and water in our own private space, isn’t that exactly what we need? Well here is a simple tip. There are some plants in this world that are just going to do well in most gardens. They will flourish in average soil, they will survive hot summers and cold winters and most importantly they will do just fine on normal rainfall. Rising water prices and future water restrictions will pass by unnoticed with these plants. And how much would you expect to pay to get this advice? We suggest 30 minutes on the web and an hour or so at your local nursery. Below you can also watch a talk about drought tolerant plants, and lets face it if this guy can do it you aren’t going to be …