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Published September 3rd 2017
Learning to appreciate South Australian native plants
Ever wanted a garden that is water efficient but yet still looks great? You actually can, by choosing to grow native plants in your garden. And, I reckon, the best place to get a hold of these South Australian native plants is the State Flora nursery at Belair National Park.
State Flora grows a wide range of South Australian species from groundcovers to shrubs and trees. All their plants are grown to high quality standards using their very own PH-balanced potting mix which contains nutrients, soil wetter, slow-release fertilisers and trace elements. Here's a couple of my favourites.
The Myoporum Parvifolium is a hardy dense flat groundcover with broad bright green leaves and masses of small white flowers during late spring and summer. It grows fast and is very adaptable to most soils in either full sun or part shade.
The Enchylaena Tomentosa is a variable small hardy shrub with soft grey succulent leaves and insignificant flowers followed by small yellow/orange/red fleshy berries. It is salt tolerant and grows in either full sun or part shade.
The Westringia Wynyabbie Gem is a hardy compact shrub with mauve flowers during autumn and spring. It tolerates long dry periods and grows fast in most well-drained soils.
Westringia Wynyabbie Gem
Plants at State Flora are very competitive in price. Tubestock are $4.95 each or five for $20. Smaller pots from $10.95. Larger pots from $19.95. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about native plants. They are also available for practical and professional advice if you so desire. Entry into Belair National Park is free for those wanting to visit State Flora.