Life & Style Weekend - - GARDEN - IN MY GAR­DEN WORDS: ANGIE THOMAS Angie Thomas is a hor­ti­cul­tur­ist at Yates.

Grevilleas are a fan­tas­tic and di­verse group of Aus­tralian na­tive plants that range from low-grow­ing ground cov­ers to tall trees. In ad­di­tion to look­ing spec­tac­u­lar, their flow­ers are a valu­able source of food for bees and other ben­e­fi­cial in­sects as well as birds. If you’re keen to in­clude some grevilleas in your gar­den, Ozbreed has in­tro­duced two gor­geous shrub grevilleas into its range – Gre­vil­lea Gold Clus­ter and Gre­vil­lea Cherry Clus­ter. To keep grevilleas look­ing tidy and help pro­long the flow­er­ing sea­son, reg­u­larly cut off spent flow­ers. The plants can also be pruned back by about a third at the end of the flow­er­ing sea­son to pro­mote fresh new growth. Most grevilleas pre­fer well-drained, slightly acidic soil. In ar­eas with poor drainage, grevilleas can be planted in raised mounds of well-drained soil. To pro­mote healthy plant growth, feed na­tive plants such as grevilleas with a soil im­prover and plant fer­tiliser each spring and au­tumn.

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