Some plant recommendations for Bayside Melbourne suburbs. Located in the southeast, including Cheltenham, Mentone, Sandringham, and Brighton.
Looking at the native plants available in your area should be your first step when planning for landscaping. You’ll find out what flowers are in bloom when, and also if they grow well in specific areas of your yard.
This selection has been made from the Plants for Victoria website. It is not a complete list of all plants that grow well in this area but is designed to give you ideas on suitable plants for your garden.
Japanese maple – Acer palmatum ‘Dissectum’
Very hardy ornamental tree or shrub with fern-like leaves. The small greenish flowers appear in spring before the leaves start to emerge and are followed by maroon fruits. The colourful foliage turns a beautiful orange to red in autumn. This is an excellent plant for hedging and for use as a specimen plant in larger gardens.
Ceanothus tomentosus – Ceanothus ‘Frosty Blue’
A dense shrub that flowers beautifully with airy clusters of white flowers across its dark green foliage. It is an ideal plant for hedging, providing privacy while still allowing light through but can also be used as a specimen plant.
Acer palmatum ‘Atropurpureum’ – Acer Palmatum ‘Bailhache’
A beautiful small ornamental tree with attractive purple foliage and maroon autumn colouring. Flowers are insignificant but an additional charm of this variety is its flattened, vase-shaped growth habit. It will tolerate most soils and is quite drought tolerant.
An attractive small spreading shrub with lance shaped leaves turning a rusty brown in autumn and providing cover for wildlife. The flowers are insignificant, but the delicate pink/lilac flowers produced from late spring to early summer are beautiful and make this plant a garden favourite. Plant in full sun near the coast.
Buddleia davidii ‘Black Knight’
A very dark blue Buddleja with purple centre to each flower, opening in summer and excellent for humid areas. An attractive shrub that attracts a variety of butterflies. Best planted in full sun.
Ornamental pear – Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’
A very popular ornamental pear with large, glossy green leaves highlighted by maroon stems and veins. The flowers are insignificant but this dwarf tree is ideal for amenity areas such as shopping centers or streetscapes. Plant in a sunny position away from other trees or buildings.
Bamboo to your neighbours – Phyllostachys aurea
One of the many varieties of bamboo. The golden foliage is evergreen and attractive in summer, but it is its height that makes this plant so useful. This variety can grow to 10m at maturity, making it ideal for screening fences and buildings from neighbouring properties. Plant in well-drained soil in full sun or part shade.
So what plants should I pick?
A good rule of thumb to follow when deciding what plants (or shrubs) to plant in your yard is to choose ones that have an extended flowering period and are resistant to drought. This way you’ll be able to enjoy the benefit of your landscaping investment for the longest time possible without having to worry about watering it often or even having to get rid of it because you no longer can stand its lack of beauty.
Recently landscaping experts have come up with a new term called climate gardening, which focuses on plants that are not native to your area but will thrive and flourish where you live. Climate gardeners also take into consideration the soil conditions in their chosen location, so they don’t make any mistakes.
More than ever before, homeowners are learning about what makes for a good yard, and they’re implementing that knowledge into their landscaping plans. Those who appreciate native plants for what they are also learning that native plants should be part of any successful climate gardening plan.
What this means is that you can have a beautiful yard with the same lushness and vibrant colors every season without having to spend a fortune on maintenance. Best of all, your yard will be beneficial to the environment and may help you win awards or even a cash prize for your efforts.
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