Anigozanthos Landscape Yellow

A tall and tough ‘Gardening With Angus’ kangaroo paw with bright yellow flowers on a contrasting red stem

Designed for landscape use and permanent garden plantings as part of the ‘Gardening With Angus’ range, this versatile tall Kangaroo paw will light up the landscape with its vivid flowers in Spring and Summer.

‘Landscape Yellow’ has been selected for its longevity, low maintenance requirements, improved resistance to drought, and for the clear and clean yellow flower colour.

‘Landscape Yellow’ was created to fill the need for a tough and reliable landscaping kangaroo paw that will perform well long term, and will thrive all year round with just a once yearly pruning and feeding, making it perfect for landscapers as well as gardeners!

Description:

‘Landscape Yellow’ is a great tough tall variety which is long-lived and low maintenance. This variety of kangaroo paw has dark green sword like foliage growing in a cluster up to 1m wide and vibrant yellow flowers with contrasting red stems. Flowers prolifically once a year atop a well branched flower stem up to 2m high throughout spring and summer. Extra flowers can appear at the lower stem junctions, giving a second blooming period.

Features:

•Attracts Wildlife

Kangaroo paws and this variety in particular are excellent for attracting birds, as their abundant nectar provides a feast for native birds including honeyeaters, wattle-birds and spinebills. The tubular flowers also attract butterflies and bees.

•Perfect Landscape Plant

Bred for toughness, longevity and beauty ‘Landscape Yellow’ represents all the best qualities of Australian native plants and has been created to fill the demand for a reliable kangaroo paw for permanent plantings and landscaping.

•Spectacular Native Flower

The unique appeal of the vibrant yellow and red creates a gorgeous display in the landscape or home garden, and this iconic native also makes a great cut flower.

Uses:

Landscape and Garden

‘Landscape Yellow’ is an exceptional landscape plant. This is a tough, low maintenance kangaroo paw that will perform reliably for years. ‘Landscape Yellow’ is also great for permanent home garden plantings and large pots or containers.

•The evergreen foliage and stunning flowers make it a spectacular feature plant, it is also fantastic for mass plantings where the floral display will really make an impact.

•Makes a great backdrop planting or mixed planting with other varieties of Kangaroo Paw and popular native grasses to add colour and depth to Native garden designs.

Requirements:

•Full sun to partial shade, the flower colour can vary with different light levels

•Drought tolerant – Whilst this variety will survive a prolonged dry spell it should be added that it may not flower well if it dries out while the flower stems are forming. Also it should be watered for the first couple of months after planting in dry periods to help it establish

•Frost tolerant to light frosts. If there is leaf damage from heavy frost, wait until all frost are over and cut back the plant hard to the ground, and it will reshoot from the underground rhizhome

•Soil – Good drainage is necessary. Adding a small amount of organic matter to the soil will encourage strong healthy growth.

•Low maintenance- Once yearly pruning is important to keep plants looking healthy, they will thrive long term if maintained in this way.

Maintenance:

•Tall Kangaroo Paws respond very well to a hard pruning once a year after flowering has finished at the end of Summer. Cutting back hard at this point will encourage healthy new shoots to grow which will bear the next year’s flowers, as each fan of leaves supports just one flower stem and will begin to die back after the flowers have completely finished.

Well established kangaroo paws can be cut back right to ground level, removing all old foliage and flowers. This can be done with secateurs or even a lawnmower for larger patches!

•Larger plants will respond well to being lifted and divided every three years or so, this will renew the plant.

•Fertilise after cutting back with a generous handful of general purpose or native fertilizer. Either can be used as the tall kangaroo paws are not overly sensitive to Phosphorus. Repeat in Spring during their growing season for spectacular results.

•Extended flowering can be encouraged by watering the plant well throughout the growing season, particularly when flower buds are forming. Though they are drought tolerant they will respond best if watered well during early Spring and Summer, which helps to maintain the longevity of the blooms. Water well when establishing and apply mulch after planting.

Hint from Angus-  

A handy tip to prolong the flowering season of the taller kangaroo paws is to cut the top half of the flower stem (cut off just above the lower flower buds on the stem as soon as the first flower opens) and use it indoors as a cut flower.

This encourages the dormant flower buds that remain on the bottom half of the flower stem to grow into side branches that will extend the flowering period (usually from late spring to mid-summer) by up to a month or two.

Read more about growing kangaroo paws

Database entry

Watch Angus’s videos – Kangaroo Paw Cut Flower Tip and Bush Gems Landscaper Paws