As promised, here are a few photos of the Australian native plants we did manage to snap during yesterday’s ill-fated trip to the Royal Botanical Gardens – Cranbourne Australian Garden.
It turns out that this Corymbia is a grafted hybrid, which was a surprise. I’m not used to thinking of our native plants as the sort of thing that gets grafted!
Don’t these Banksia ‘Birthday Candles’ look great in this tub? Like they were no trouble to grow? Banksia is one of the many Australian native plants I have killed with great efficiency. I’ll come back to my lack of success with native plants another time, but something tells me it’s time I learnt about phosphorus!
I don’t want too much grey-green for my – so far – imaginary native garden. I was very taken with this soft looking acacia cognata. It is a pretty lime green that the photos don’t quite capture.
I am not familiar with Eremophilas and have since learnt that they are arid region plants, which might explain my ignorance. I did like the look of this red one and a white one we looked at. The flowers are pretty and the plant has a lovely soft look. My reading so far suggests that they cope ok with a temperate region, so I might try my hand with it if I can find one to kill grow.
I don’t think my garden will ever be sculptural enough to accommodate Xanthorrhoea – grass trees. But we did enjoy looking at them in this setting and if you have a look at the link, you will see they are a plant our community has not cared for well in recent years.
Freak storms aside, now was probably not the ideal time to visit this garden. It was opened to the public in 2006, but is effectively only half its eventual size. The garden is undergoing major earth works in preparation for a mid 2011 opening of stage two, as you will see below.
So, best plan your visit for 2012 to get the most our of this emerging Botanic garden!