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: Sannantha tozerensis 'Summer Stars'
A really versatile and attractive, medium shrub which gets its name from the clean, white star shaped flowers which appear in summer and give a cooling feel to the area. Small, glossy leaves make Summer Stars suitable for dense hedging and screening. It will grow well in full sun or shade in free draining soil. A long lived and hardy Australian native.
Eucalyptus caesia ssp magna
Cultivar Name = ‘Silver Princess’
This well-loved WA native tree is known for its beautiful, gracefully weeping branches with long blue-green leaves and clusters of delicate pink flowers through winter – spring. The flowers and ends of the branches of the ‘Silver Princess’ are coated in smooth white, which adds another element of contrast. The mature trunk of the ‘Silver Princess’ displays decorative, curly, red/brown bark on top of the smooth new trunk below. Will grow in heavy of sandy soil and is moderately tolerant of limestone. Great as a feature tree in a sunny spot. There is another subspecies of Eucalyptuscaesia with a more upright growth habit know as ‘Gungurru’ which is far less widely cultivated.
8m H x 4m W
Eric John is a hybrid between a Chamelaucium and a Verticordia which has produced a gorgeous, dense shrub with small, aromatic leaves and clusters of mauve flowers on the tips of the branches in spring. Can be easily pruned to shape, but is naturally fairly dense and upright. Plant in mixed shrubbery, use as a low, informal hedge or in that narrow spot where you still want a bit of height. Will grow in full sun or part shade in free draining soil.
1.5m H x 1m W
Patersonia = Named after William Paterson, a military commander occidentalis = Western – from Western Australia
Common Name – Purple Flag or Native Iris
The Purple Flag is a local, strappy leaved, clump forming plant which produces large, three petalled, purple flowers in spring which are held conspicuously above the foliage. Great for foliage texture contrast in mixed garden beds or used as a low border. Plant in full sun or part shade in free draining soil.
50cm H x 50cm W
Banksia = Named after Sir Joseph Banks, a botanist grandis = great
Common Name = Bull Banksia
A fast growing, spectacular, local banksia with huge serrated leaves and big yellow flowers through spring and summer which will attract nectar feeding birds, insects and mammals to your garden. Great as a specimen tree or at the back of mixed garden beds. Tolerant of long periods of dryness and frost once established. Plant in full sun n free draining soil
6m H x 4m W
A tried and true, large, hybrid grevillea with gorgeous, big, honey-gold coloured flowers, displayed on the ends of the branches, for most of the year. The dense foliage makes it useful as a screen or informal hedge, or it can be under-pruned to form a small feature tree. Flowers will attract nectar feeding wildlife to your garden while the foliage provides nesting and habitat sites. Best in full sun in free draining soil.
3m H x 3m W
Alpina = alpine – refers to the mountain areas where the plant is found naturally caerulea = deep blue – refers to the colour of the fruit
Common Name = Red Back Ginger
An understorey plant, native to the rainforests of the Atherton Tableland in Queensland. Although it is commonly grown for its edible, ginger-scented rhizomes and ginger-citrus flavoured, blue berries (make sure you spit out the seeds!), its attractive leaves should not be ignored for adding foliage colour to those shady spots in the garden. Long, leaves with a glossy green top surface are contrasted by the purple/red lower leaf surface. Plant in a shady, well-watered spot, or grow in a pot under the patio
2m H x 1m 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.
In this guide you will find information on flowering time, colours and heights for plants we often have available. For information about which plants are currently in stock please Contact our friendly staff at the nursery.
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