Fact Sheets


Flowering gum trees

There’s so much to love about flowering gums. These native trees are hardy and easy to care for with aromatic gum leaves and flowers that deserve front and centre garden position. Flowering gums are grafted eucalyptus trees. By grafting plants onto specially selected rootstock you get trees that will grow happily in a wide range of soil […]

Leucospermum

A little bit about leucospermum Leucospermum is often caught up in case of mistaken identity. If it’s not confused for a leucadendron, it’s often sold as a protea by florists who don’t want to confuse customers with the long Greek name, which means ‘white seed’, from the shining seed vessels. But take a closer look at a […]

Dianthus

A little bit about dianthus If you’re a frill seeker, you’ll love dianthus. Set against silvery-green foliage, dianthus are a wonderful addition to any sunny spot with their frilly, tufted white, pink, red and mauve flowers. Many dianthus boast two-coloured petals that are laced, flecked or picotee (an outer margin of another colour, usually red). […]

Wisteria

Wisteria is a beautiful spring-flowering climber that thrives in cool, temperate and subtropical gardens. One of the best wisteria gardens I have ever seen was also an example of why you need to keep wisteria under control. In this garden wisteria had taken over the backyard, twining its way through trees and shrubs. It was home […]

Polygala

A little bit about polygala If you’re looking for a small, compact, fast-growing, colourful and hardy shrub, polygala ticks all the boxes. For most of the year, you’ll find polygala awash with eye-catching pink or purple petals, making it perfectly suited to mass planting with a splash of colour. It also makes a brilliant border […]

Jasmine

A little bit about jasmine If you know the sweet scent of jasmine, you know it’s impossible to forget. In fact, you can probably smell jasmine before you can see it. Not surprisingly, it’s one of the perfume world’s most popular aromas. Beyond its famous fragrance, jasmine is adorned with masses of flowers and offer fast growth and […]

Daphne Perfume Princess

A little bit about Daphne Perfume Princess Exquisitely scented, bursting with big blooms and a breeze to care for. It’s easy to see why Daphne Perfume Princess was crowned 2016’s Plant of the Year. You too can enjoy this award-winning plant, especially mid-winter to spring, when blush-pink flowers (later fading to white) fill the air […]

Geraldton wax

Geraldton wax (Chamelaucium uncinatum) is a beautiful flowering Australian native shrub that brings colour to gardens from late winter to spring. As the common name suggests, Geraldton wax comes from Western Australia. Its mainly pink or white flowers have small, stiff petals, which give them the description of ‘wax’ flowers. The flowers ooze nectar and […]

Pittosporum

A little bit about pittosporum Need to block out your neighbours? Got an unsightly space that needs covering up? Thanks to its hardiness and fast, bushy growth, pittosporum is a winner. There are about 20 varieties which are perfectly suited for Sydney gardens and depending on which you choose, you can create hedging, screening, borders, or […]

Caring for phalaenopsis orchids

Phalaenopsis or moth orchids are long-lived flowering pot plants that add style and grace to any indoor setting. They are available year round with flowers that last for months. The flowers are usually purple, white or a combination of both. The graceful arching flower stems grow from a small clump of wide strappy leaves. These […]

Passionfruit

A little bit about passionfruit No doubt you’ve enjoyed the tasty, tart fruit of the passionfruit plant. But did you know the fruit comes from a beautiful climbing vine that can create shade, privacy and jazz up an unsightly space? This evergreen perennial is originally from Brazil, but many species feel right at home here […]

African Daisy

A little bit about the African daisy No prizes for guessing where this exotic beauty is from. But did you know, in the US this perennial plant’s hardiness has earned it the nickname ‘freeway daisy’. In Sydney, African daisies have proven to be just as tough and easy to grow. Come winter, they reveal a […]