New and bush tucker plants star at garden festival
It’s that time of the year again when gardeners can go to the one spot to see all the new-release plants that are coming out for autumn.
The recent Perth Garden Festival showcased new plants, inspiring display gardens, and there were informative talks from the Horticultural Media Association and biosecurity staff from the Department of Agriculture and Food who spoke about a range of biosecurity matters, including the tomato potato psyllid, European wasp and pest reporting tools.
Department senior researcher Darryl Hardie said officers were able to discuss priority plant pests and show gardeners how they could support WA’s agricultural industries.
The department’s biosecurity display included a European wasp nest, tomato potato psyllid surveillance traps and examples of pests to watch out for in the home and garden.
There were quite a few fabulous new-release plants on display, including a dwarf pomegranate, mini magic, which flowers like a demon and fruits prolifically.
There were also one of the most stunning carex to come out in years, Feather Falls, and a new soft flowering geranium called Mavis Simpson.
Visitors saw all the new Tucker Bush plants for gardeners who are interested in growing their own bush foods. Many are beautiful even without fruit.
A stunning Feather Falls display.