Spotlight on native plants
Horticulture meeting postponed but still a good time to learn about Gympie-friendly plants
GARDENERS love rain, but the weather has caused so much havoc this week, today’s meeting of the Gympie Municipal Horticultural Society has been postponed until next month.
In the meantime, Jacinta Curtis, from Natives R Us in Traveston has provided the region’s greenthumbs with a rundown of what native plants flower at this time of the year.
Jacinta has classified the plants into the categories of climbers, groundcovers, small shrubs, medium shrubs, large shrubs and trees.
There are a lot more plants but this list will help you get started.
This is your chance to enjoy gardening with natives for many reasons, chief of which they can be grown in the local area, a attract birdlife and require less water than exotic species.
Pandorea jasminoides: vigorous, evergreen, frost protection when young, well-drained soil, adequate sunlight required for good flowering (white or pale pink) from late spring summer, and glossy dark green leaves.
Pandorea Lady Di: masses of white trumpet shaped flowers that appear throughout summer and autumn.
Pandorea Ruby Belle: clusters of small bell-shaped flowers in shaded cream to dark pink.
Pandorea Snowbells: masses of snowy white flowers from spring to summer with spot flowers through to early winter.
Brachyscome Country Lights: dark purple flowers from spring to summer with spot flowering through the rest of the year.
Brachyscome Pacific Cloud: producing vivid white flowers for most of the year. Brachyscome Pacific Sky: mix of yellow, lemon and orange flowers that change colour throughout the year.
Chrysocephalum apiculatum: flower heads are yellow in colour, spherical in shape, around 1 cm in diameter each, and often borne in clusters. Florets are minute.
Dampiera diversifolia: bright blue to purple-blue flowers in spring and summer.
Goodenia ovata: yellow flowers for most of the year especially from October to March.
Hardenbergia Snow White: pure white sprays of flowers from mid-winter through spring.
Scaevola Aussie Salute: blue, purple flowers from spring to summer.
Scaevola Mauve Clusters: fan-shaped lavender-blue flowers that open in spring and last literally ages.
Scaevola White Carpet: small white flowers from spring through to summer.
Small shrubs (upto 1m)
Callistemon Captain Cook: large bright red flowers in spring and summer.
Prostanthera Minty: violet flowers throughout spring and early summer.
Thryptomene FC Payne: small pale pink flowers starting in winter and continuing through spring.
Westringia Blue Gem: produces amazing bluish-purple flowers in spring and regularly at other times of the year.
Medium Shrubs (upto 3m)
Callistemon Candy Pink: flowers with hot pink brushes most of the year.
Callistemon Eureka: bright pink flowers in spring.
Callistemon Macarthur: red flowers in spring and fall.
Callistemon Pink Alma: flowers profusely in spring and in less profusion in autumn, in unusual pink-purple shades.
Callistemon Rose Opal: red flowers all year.
Callistemon Taree Pink: pink flowers from spring to early summer.
Callistemon Wildfire: bright red flowers in spring/autumn.
Callistemon Wilderness White: white flowers mainly in spring.
Ceratopetalum Alberys Red: bears lacy-white flowers that change to red throughout spring and summer.
Leptospermum Burgundy Queen: deep burgundy flowers during winter and spring.
Leptospermum Cardwell: white flowers late winter to spring.
Leptospermum Pink Cascades:– masses of soft pink flowers during spring and autumn.
Large Scrubs (4-5m)
Acacia fimbriata: scented yellow flowers in spring.
Acacia podalyriifolia: yellow flowers in August, September and October.
Backhousia Myrtifolia: creamy white flowers in spring.
Brachychiton acerifolius: bright red bell-shaped flowers in Spring/Summer.
GREENTHUMBS: Gardeners (from left) Cathy Elliott, Jacinta Curtis and Val Quinn at the Gympie and District Horticultural Society's September meeting at Bruce and Joy Priddy's Tandur property.