Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Spotlight on Native Plants; Horticulture Meeting Postponed but Still a Good Time to Learn about Gympie-Friendly Plants

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Spotlight on Native Plants; Horticulture Meeting Postponed but Still a Good Time to Learn about Gympie-Friendly Plants

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Byline: Raelene Kross GYMPIE MUNICIPAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

GARDENERS love rain, but the weather has caused so much havoc this week, today's meeting of the Gympie Municipal Horticultural Society has been postponed until next month.

In the meantime, Jacinta Curtis, from Natives R Us in Traveston has provided the region's greenthumbs with a rundown of what native plants flower at this time of the year.

Jacinta has classified the plants into the categories of climbers, groundcovers, small shrubs, medium shrubs, large shrubs and trees.

There are a lot more plants but this list will help you get started.

This is your chance to enjoy gardening with natives for many reasons, chief of which they can be grown in the local area, a attract birdlife and require less water than exotic species.

Climbers

Pandorea jasminoides: vigorous, evergreen, frost protection when young, well-drained soil, adequate sunlight required for good flowering (white or pale pink) from late spring summer, and glossy dark green leaves.

Pandorea Lady Di: masses of white trumpet shaped flowers that appear throughout summer and autumn.

Pandorea Ruby Belle: clusters of small bell-shaped flowers in shaded cream to dark pink.

Pandorea Snowbells: masses of snowy white flowers from spring to summer with spot flowers through to early winter.

Groundcovers

Brachyscome Country Lights: dark purple flowers from spring to summer with spot flowering through the rest of the year.

Brachyscome Pacific Cloud: producing vivid white flowers for most of the year. Brachyscome Pacific Sky: mix of yellow, lemon and orange flowers that change colour throughout the year.

Chrysocephalum apiculatum: flower heads are yellow in colour, spherical in shape, around 1 cm in diameter each, and often borne in clusters. Florets are minute.

Dampiera diversifolia: bright blue to purple-blue flowers in spring and summer.

Goodenia ovata: yellow flowers for most of the year especially from October to March.

Hardenbergia Snow White: pure white sprays of flowers from mid-winter through spring. …

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