Episode 8: PLANT OF THE WEEK

Joanne's plant of the week:

Pistacia Chenensis

Pistacia Chenensis is a beautiful deciduous tree that can withstand harsh conditions. It is considered a small to medium sized tree and is often planted for its attractive foliage. It has a slow to moderate growth rate and prefers well drained fertile soils in full sun.

 

Deryn’s Plant of the week:

Cercis Forest Pansy

The 'Forest Pansy' is a beautiful ornamental flowering tree. It is a purple leaved small specimen tree that provides year round interest. It tolerates a variety of soil types, but does best in moist, deep, well-drained fertile soil. It's best to avoid excessively hoy or windy positions. Plant in full sun or part shade.

EPISODE 6: PLANT OF THE WEEK

Deryn’s Plant of the week:

Kalanchoe Flap Jacks

These beautiful succulents have round spoon like leaves. They are extremely hardy and the sunlight brings out a bright red colouring in the leaves. 

 

Steve’s Plant of the week:

Mesembryanthem

Mesembryanthemum's are available in a wide range of colours and traditionally grown as a ground cover. They are commonly known as "pig faces". They flower for 10-12 weeks during spring.

 

EPISODE 3: PLANT OF THE WEEK

Deryn’s Plant of the week:

Philodendron Xanadu

Philodendron Xanadu belongs to the family Araceae and subgenus Meconostigma. It was originally discovered in Western Australia. Deryn describes this shade plant as the “landscaper’s friend” because of its beautiful lush, tidy leaves. It is incredibly tough and grows up to 40cm tall. It’s compact growth habit and decorative leaves make it a perfect addition to your garden.

 

Steve’s Plant of the week:

Ruscus Aculeatus (Butcher’s Broom)

Ruscus aculeatus is a summer dormant shrub that is native to Italy. The common name “butchers broom” originates from it use of scrubbing butchers blocks and cleaning chimneys. Steve describes it as the “florist’s favourite” due to its instructive nature and its beautiful dark emerald green foliage. Ruscus is a relative of the asparagus family and stems can but cut up to 1 metre long. These decorative stems can be kept in a vase for up to 6 months. Ruscus looks fantastic on its own or when paired with some beautiful flowers.

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EPISODE 2: PLANT OF THE WEEK

Deryn's Plant of the Week

Lantana montevidensis

Aromatic small foliage is festooned with purple, white or purple and white tubular

flowers in compact clusters year round.

Use it as a low growing groundcover, allow it to mound up as a small shrub up to 1m tall

and wide or keep it clipped to about 30cm tall.

It travels using creeping stems and is sterile so it will not seed into bushland.

Plants are drought tolerant and flower best in full sun but can be grown in part shade.

Lantana montevidensis is a fabulous plant in hot dry areas of Western Australia and South Australia and other dry climates but is an invasive weed in tropical areas and the east coast of Australia.

 

Steve's Plant of the Week

Syzygium 'Bush Christmas'

Australian native, this select form has extremely compact foliage making it ideal for topiary creations. It also makes an excellent hedge from 1 to 3 metres in height. New foliage produced in winter is a rich burgundy contrasting beautifully against the mature dark green foliage.

When using as a hedge space plants 3 per metre for optimum results. Will thrive on one to two watering’s a week once established.

 

Sabrina's Plant of the Week

Geranium 'Rozanne'

One of my absolute favourite geraniums is a cranesbill type known as geranium Rozanne. The flowers are a beautiful violet colour and it flowers for months on end.

Geranium Rozanne was selected as the UK’s Royal Horticultural Society Plant of the Century in 2013, with good reason. It has exceptional flowering and grows in just about any soil type. 

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Episode 4: Plant of the Week

Steve's Plant of the Week

Phalaenopsis Blume, also known as Moth Orchids, are a fantastic indoor plant. They have an amazing longevity. They will last inside the home between three and four months. They are very easy to care for and a great indoor plant to give as a gift. When these orchids have finished flowering, cut it off at the base of the plant. This will initiate a new flush of leaves with new flowers within another few months. In order to bring the Moth Orchids back into full flower, they require a liquid feed (at half strength). 

 

Deryn's Plant of the Week

ZZ Plant

A sculptural indoor plant with fleshy branches and oval-leaves that resemble feathers.  The plant has a waxy, shiny coating and is indestructible if you don’t overwater.  Survives low light conditions.

 
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Episode 1: Plant of the Week

Steve's plant of the week

Plumbago Royal Cape

Native to South Africa this dark blue form of Plumbago was first introduced to Australia 25 years ago and has established itself as a hardy garden favourite. Ideal for use as a hedge from 1 to 2 metres or as a stand alone plant. Flowers prolifically from October to May. Drought tolerant once established although weekly watering’s throughout summer will result in heavier flowering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deryn's Plant of the Week

Ornamental Sweet Potato (Ipomea)

These hybrid plants were first introduced to Australia in the early 1990s and consist of colourful heart-shaped or maple shaped leaves in shades of chartreuse green, purple-pink and purple.

They make a great ground cover or can be grown in a hanging basket.

You can eat the young leave and young tubers but they aren’t as tasty as the edible variety.

To propagate simply put a stem with a few leaves in a glass of water and they soon shoot roots.

Plants do not like frost and in cooler areas they will die back in winter. Grow in full sun to part shade and provide ample water in summer.

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