Australian native plants are well known for their unique beauty. Long neglected as garden plants in Western Australia, they have had a recent surge in popularity as water-wise alternatives to traditional garden plants. Plant breeders, both in Australia and overseas are developing cultivars and hybrids with wide appeal. As well as looking spectacular in the contemporary or bush garden, our local flora is highly attractive to birds and other native animals.
Plant of the Month: Hakea petiolaris (sea urchin hakea)
A beautiful, local hakea, which grows into a tall, narrow shrub or can be under pruned to form a small tree. The common name, sea-urchin hakea, comes from the stunning, pink and cream coloured, round flower heads, which appear in clusters from autumn – winter. The woody fruit are an important food source for the threatened Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo. The grey-green foliage provides contrast in the garden. Can be used as a feature plant, screening or wind break. A tough and reliable plant which will grow in full sun or part shade in most free draining soils. 5m-7m H x 2m-3m W
Hakea laurina This is one of those special plants that will steal the show when the stunning pink and cream pom pom flowers open in autumn through to winter. A large shrub or small tree with gently weeping bluish/green foliage, the pin-cushion hakea can be a dense or open shrub, or be under-pruned to form a small feature tree. The large seeds that form after the flowers are a favourite snack for the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo. Best planted in full sun in free-draining soil, will tolerate frost and long dry periods once established. 6m H x 4m W
Eucalyptus sideroxylon rosea
This is a magnificent medium/large tree which is great for large gardens, paddocks and wind breaks. The rough, dark bark of the trunk is contrasted beautifully with the slightly weeping, blue/green foliage and delicate pink flowers through winter and spring. Will grow in most soil types including clay and sand.
15-20m H x 10m-15m W
This small shrub is an absolute show stopper in spring when it is covered in purple, papery, bell shaped flowers. Great in dry shade, thrives under trees, but will also tolerate a full sun position. Will grow in range of free draining soils. Great in mixed shrubbery.
1m H x 1m W
A low growing, local ground cover, with bright green leaves and vibrant yellow flowers in summer. Grows in sandy soils and winter wet areas. Useful in rockeries and pots. Best in part shade or in sun with regular summer water. 10cm H x 70cm W
The mid green, dense, prickly foliage on this local, medium shrub provides safe habitat for many birds and small animals. In spring-summer, vibrant, pink/purple pea flowers open along the branches creating an eye-catching display. Grows in heavy or sandy soils in full sun or part shade. The prickly foliage provides some protection in gardens where kangaroos like to munch.
2.5m H x 1.5m W
A stunning, small W.A. tree, which deserves to be more widely used. The Swamp Mallet has a beautiful smooth, shiny coppery/tan coloured trunk with a rough base. The dense canopy with shiny, olive green narrow leaves is great for providing shade on a hot day. Fluffy white flower appear in summer/autumn. Reliable in a wide range of soils, from sand to clay and salt effected areas.
7m H x 4m W
What else is at Zanthorrea Nursery?
A big range of tubestock, with an extended range in Autumn to Spring. $4.40 each, or for 9 and above $4 each.
We love growing our own veges and like to have a big selection for our customers.
A select range of exotic plants we have found to grow well in Perth.
Opening Hours: 9am-5:30pm,
day except closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
We have put together a plant List of the plants we normally stock at the nursery. Here you will find information on flowering time, colours and heights. For information about which plants are currently in stock please Contact our friendly staff at the nursery.
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