Plant breeders and nurseries put a lot of work into selecting new plants to release, and they base these selections on many different factors. New flower colours, extended flowering times, more compact growth habit, hardiness and disease resistance are a few of the desirable traits that clever plant people aim for when releasing new plants onto the market.
* Plant hunting tip- If you like the look of any of the new plants featured, you can ring or visit your local nursery to find out if they have them in stock. If they don’t have them, you can always ask if they can be ordered in for you.
Grevillea ‘Dorothy Gordon’
A beautiful new Grevillea from Queensland with flowers of burgundy velvet and curled pink styles- a stunning combination! Nectar loving wildlife will be happy with the blooms, and they make lovely cut flowers.
Grows into a large and compact shrub around 3 metres tall, it responds well to pruning. Bronze new foliage ages to mid green. Suits most soil types, waterwise and can take wet spells. Flowers well for most of the year. Read more about Dorothy Gordon
Carpobrotus ‘Pink Passion’
Pink Passion is a new brilliant pink flowered variety of native pig face. A tough and low maintenance ground cover plant that is also edible- both the ripe fruit and leaves can be used for salads and stir fries, or just nibbled from the garden. Good for many different uses- sea side, embankments, for soil stabilisation, green walls, containers.
Read more about Pink Passion
Kangaroo Paw ‘Landscape Orange’ and ‘Landscape Yellow’
Two new kangaroo paws have been developed to perform well in the garden and larger landscaping projects with minimal care. Landscape Orange and Landscape Yellow are tall and tough! The brightly coloured flowers attract nectar loving birds and are great long lasting cut flowers. Waterwise once established, all the care they will need is a handful of slow release fertiliser in spring, and a good hard cut back after the flowers have died back. They do well on most soil types including very moist ones. Read more about Landscape Yellow and Landscape Orange
Carpobrotus ‘White Hot’
A lovely white flowering selection of Carpobrotus rossii. A really useful perennial native succulent, great for coastal and inland plantings, as it will endure heat and saline conditions. It is a good waterwise groundcover, growing to around a metre wide, and is good for soil stabilisation. As a bonus, the fruit is edible. Read more about White Hot
Corymbia maculata variegata ‘Ribbons of Hope’
A stunning variety of a versatile and hardy eucalypt…..Ribbons of Hope has green leaves with a broad edging of cream, and the new growth is a beautiful blush pink. This tree has been in development for 25 years, so it is has proved itself as a stunning plant for landscaping and as a street tree. It grows to 12 metres tall, good for most soils, and takes cold, heat and drought. Each tree sold will benefit breast cancer research. Read more about Ribbons of Hope
Adenanthos cuneatus ‘Flat Out’
A great new groundcover selection from Western Australia, with bronze new growth and textured foliage. A great low maintenance plant. Read more about Flat Out
Westringia fruitocosa ‘Flat n Fruity’
Westringia fruticosa ‘Flat n Fruity’ is a great ground covering form of the ever popular Westringia. Dense growing and rarely troubled by pests or disease, great for easy care gardening. Read the article on Flat n Fruity or see the video on Flat n Fruity