Hardy hardenbergia deserves a place
HARDENBERGIA is a family of tough Australian native, predominantly climbing plants that often go by the common names of native or false sarsaparilla or purple coral pea.
They are low-maintenance plants that have beautiful pea-shaped flowers in shades of purple, mauve, white or pink.
Hardenbergia violacea Regent is a specially chosen form of hardenbergia that grows as an upright rounded shrub rather than a climber. It’s a hardy plant that grows to about one metre tall with large leathery leaves and attractive purple pea flowers. The flowers, which appear in spring, stand erect among the leaves and will attract birds, butterflies and bees into the garden.
Regent can be grown in sub-tropical, temperate and cool zones. It does best in full sun, and tolerates a wide range of soil types.
Plants respond well to pruning, which should be carried out immediately after flowering.
Other beautiful hardenbergia varieties include Bliss, which has a shrubby habit and lilac flowers.
Sweet Heart is a vigorous climber or ground cover with purple flowers.
Australian native plants like hardenbergia can be given a feed each spring and autumn with fertiliser.
Water regularly and mulch around the root zone with organic mulch such as bark chips.
◗ FUN FACT: Hardenbergias are in the plant family fabaceae, a group of leguminous plants that are able to convert atmospheric nitrogen to nitrogen they can use for growth in a process called nitrogen fixation.
◗ Purple hardenbergia flowers.