WE'D like to draw your attention to a couple of delightful small native plants that we feel would provide a lot of pleasure for anyone with a garden, whatever the size.
The first is the delightful hardenbergia Mini Haha, a lovely form of the well-known H. violacea that produces an abundance of its eye-catching clusters of bright purple pea-shaped flowers at this time of year on a dense green, compact, 75cm tall and wide shrub.
Its main requirements are a full or ample part-sun situation with well-drained soil providing some moisture retention.
The second is the beautiful banksia Roller Coaster, a cultivar of the well-known B. integrifolia.
Roller Coaster grows to 50cm tall and 1.5 to 2m wide, producing its large yellow candlesticks against a background of dense, deep-green foliage from autumn, throughout the year.
It has similar soil and sun requirements to Mini Haha, and both make excellent tub specimens - think what a colourful display you'd have if you planted Roller Coaster and Mini Haha alternately along a driveway, and two or three containers of either or both would brighten a sunny balcony or patio beautifully.
As a final thought on these lovely plants, if you have an area where you can create an eye-catching new garden bed with a tall central plant surrounded by lower growers, plant the tall growing grevillea Honey Gem that flowers most of the year round, with a row of the hardenbergias, then a border of the Roller Coaster - the birds would never leave your garden!
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