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There are many Australian plants for pots that will tolerate hot winds, dry soil and sunny positions and are perfect for those of amongst us, who just want it to look good with minimal care. Top tips to growing native plants in pots include:

  • Select large clay pots. Clay pots tend to act as an insulation layer and will keep soil cool through summer.
  • Use a premium potting mix formulated for Australian plants and feed with a controlled release granular fertiliser such as PowerFeed Controlled Release Plant Food All Purpose including Natives at the start of each season through the growing season.
  • Most native plants require a sunny position to flower at their best.
  • Prune lightly (or to shape) after flowering to keep the plants bushy and contained.

  • Mix the planter up with a few different varieties. Select a colour theme or plant for the seasons.
  • In addition to flowers select plants for foliage colour or better still create a planter with foliage contrasts alone.

Selections for foliage:

  • Eremophila nivea, Variegated westringia and Lomandra Limelight
  • Hakea victoria, Callistemon Great Balls of Fire and Adenanthos meisneri
  • Melaleuca incana nana, Brachysema ‘Brown Butterfly’ and Leucophyta brownii

Variety & photo @austraflora – Westringia-Edna-Walling-Rosemary

Selections for colour:

  • Leschenaultia biloba, Verticordia chrysantha and Anigozanthos ‘Orange Gem’
  • Eremophila var. brevifolia, Pimelia physodes ‘Qualup Bell’ and Conostylis candicans
  • Chorizema cordatum, Chrysocephalum ‘Desert Flame’ and Anigozanthos ‘Bush Pearl’

Selection for a semi shaded position:

  • Dampiera diversifolia, Boronia megastigma brown and Lomandra ‘Tanika’
  • Dianella ‘Cherry Red, Boronia heterophylla and Viola hederacea
  • Austromyrtus dulcis, Correa Dusky Bells and Lomandra ‘Verday’

Variety & photo @austraflora – Correa-Dusky-Bells

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