Summer Tough Plants

Episode: 4
Title: Summer Tough Plants
Broadcast: Mar 24th 2018
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane

If you are not happy with your garden, This is a terrific time of the year to look at other gardens and see what’s working well in your neighbourhood.

  • The Russellia equisetiformis or the firecracker plant… and its an absolute cracker if you want an all year round display of red.. it originates from Mexico and tolerates exceptionally hot dry conditions really. In fact, once established, this plant doesn’t need any supplementary watering.
  • Lantana has a pretty bad reputation as a pest particularly in NSW and Qld but one form a species called Montevidensis is a valuable garden plant in the southern states, where it’s not.
  • Senicio Serpens  or the blue chalk sticks and its blue foliage provides a great foundation colour to any garden pallet. It makes a great base to any garden that you throw it into. Very easy to grow, make sure there is free drainage and enjoy the beautiful blue colour.
  • If you’re thinking about a water-wise climber, then look no further than the Mexican Coral Vine. It’s a climber and beautiful to have this time of year, filling your garden with a rich, stunning pink. Once established, this plant is another one that require no additional watering.
  • Lastly, is the Crepe Myrtle, this magnificent plant has brightly coloured flowers in the summer and beautiful bronze foliage in autumn. Its incredibly hardy and grown in most soil types.

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