PLANT OF THE WEEK
Thryptomene sp and Thryptomene saxicola F.C.PayneThere are some plants that can be forgiven for not doing much for most of the year, then, when they come into flower, they become the star of the garden.
In a way, they behave like a spring or summer bulbs, because they’re practically invisible until they pop out and flower their heads off.
So what is this Thryptomene which I have been alluding to?
Let’s find out more…
I'm talking with Adrian O’Mally, qualified horticulturist and native plant expert.
- Adrian came across seven thryptomene planted along a bank with a south-east aspect.
- They had grown leggy so to keep your shrub bushy, keep up the formative pruning in the early stages.
- Doing this you will able to keep the shrub to 60cm in height.
You may find it as a filler in bouquets because the tiny 5-petalled flowers blend well with larger flowers of any kind.
Bird and insect attracting plants always make a lovely addition to your garden.
Look out for the different cultivars of thryptomene in your nursery or big box store this spring, because there won’t be many, and they’ll be snapped up quick smart. If you have any questions about anything gardening, why not email us email@example.com
PLANT OF THE WEEK 2
- Midgen berry hedges is a great alternative to murraya hedges. Plant that closer together than the recommendation on the plant tag. Usually half the distance is best.
- In it's native environment it may grow as a spreading shrub up to 2 m tall. Usually found in sandy soils in heath, scrub or open forests and occasionally on the margins of rainforests.
- In the home garden 40cm x 1.4m wide
- Midgen berry copper tops has coppery coloured new growth.