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How to grow Waratahs successfully.

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Hybrid Waratahs should be planted in semi-shade in a well-drained site with protection from westerly sun and wind. They are highly sensitive to most fertilisers and it is recommended that you sprinkle Blood and Bone around the plant in autumn and early spring and water in well. Waratahs like acidic soils and do well in gardens that are suitable for Camellias and Rhododendrons. They can also be grown in large tubs which are raised off the ground to allow free drainage. Put some flywire over the hole at the bottom then cover with scoria gravel. Fill the tub with plain potting mix that has no additives. After planting, sprinke some slow release native fertiliser on top and cover with more scoria gravel. Keep tub in a cool semi-shaded position and don't forget to water.

Water well after planting, during dry periods and in summer.  Do not let the topsoil dry out as Waratahs have feeder roots just under the surface of the soil.  Mulch heavily with woodchip or a loose organic mulch. They don't like too much humidity so it's best to trim off low branches and allow air to move freely through the plant if you live in a sub-tropical zone.

Buds will form in autumn and remain on the bush all winter. The buds are frost tender and will blacken if exposed to frost. Buds open to reveal the tight flowerheads in spring. After flowering cut off all flowering stems back to 2-3 leaf buds. The plant will put on fresh growth behind the cuts.
Flowers last for up to 2 weeks in a vase. Spray flowerheads regularly with cool water.
Telopea Shady Lady Red


Available early March

Telopea 'Shady Lady red'
Telopea speciosissima x oreades

H: 3m W: 1.5m  Fl. Spring and occasionally in Autumn
The most vigorous and reliable form of all the Waratah hybrids.
Large compact shrub with dark green leaves and masses of brilliant red flowers on short stems in spring and autumn.



Telopea Shady Lady Crimson
Available early March

Available early March


Telopea 'Shady Lady crimson'
Telopea speciosissima x oreades

H: 3m W: 1.5 m Fl. Spring/Autumn
Large compact shrub with dark green leaves and masses of brilliant purplish red flowers on short stems in spring and autumn.

   
Telopea Shady Lady White

Available early March


Telopea 'Shady Lady white'
Telopea speciosissima x oreades

H: 3m W: 2 m Fl. Spring/Autumn
Large compact shrub with dark green leaves and masses of white flowers with green tints on short stems in spring and autumn.

   
Telopea Shady Lady yellow

Available early March


Telopea 'Shady Lady 'yellow'
Telopea speciosissima x truncata x oreades

H: 3m W: 2 m Fl. Spring/Autumn
Large compact shrub with dark green leaves and masses of lemon yellow flowers on short stems in spring and autumn.



Telopea Braidwood Brilliant

Available early March

Telopea 'Braidwood Brilliant'
Telopea speciosissima x mongaensis

H: 2m W: 2 m Fl. Spring/Autumn
This is one of the hardiest of the waratah hybrids. Medium compact shrub with dark green leaves and masses of bright red flowers on short stems in spring and autumn.


    

Telopea Digger
6 available             140mm $20.00


Telopea 'Digger'
Telopea speciosissima x truncata
Wild Brumby Collection

H: 3-4m W: 1-2m  Fl. Late Spring


Brilliant salmon-pink flowers. Frost hardy.
Vigorous grower with a tall and slender habit.


 
Telopea Georgie Girl
5 available             140mm $20.00

Telopea 'Georgie Girl'
Telopea speciosissima x truncata
Wild Brumby Collection

H: 2m W: 2m  Fl. Spring
New cream Waratah.
Compact and vigorous variety, with showy spring blossom, attractive in bud and beautiful when open.
Frost hardy.



Telopea Mallee Boy
6 available             140mm $20.00


Telopea 'Mallee Boy'
Telopea speciosissima x mongaensis
Wild Brumby Collection

H: 3-4m W: 1.5-2.5m Fl. Spring
Naturally bushy variety with multi-branching stems from the base. Covered in brilliant pink flowers in the spring, it will flower early, within a year or two of establishing. Frost hardy.


Telopea Snow Maiden

Unavailable at the moment


Telopea 'Snow Maiden'
Telopea speciosissima x truncata
Wild Brumby Collection

H: 3-4m W: 1.5m  Fl. Spring

Lovely new petite white Waratah with a slender upright habit and an abundance of snow white flowers in spring. Frost hardy.
 

Telopea Sugar Plum
Unavailable at the moment

Telopea 'Sugar Plum'
Telopea speciosissima x mongaensis
Wild Brumby Collection

H: 2.5m W: 2.5m  Fl. Late Spring
Has dark green leaves and brilliant red flowers. It is an attractive low-maintenance feature plant, prolific flowering, naturally bushy and ideal as a hedge in frost free zones. Frost hardy.


Telopea Essie's Gift
Unavailable at the moment

Telopea 'Essie's Gift'
Telopea speciosissima x several forms
Brian Fitzpatrick

H: 1m W: 1.5m  Fl. Late Spring
Named after the late Essie Huxley, well-known Waratah grower in Tasmania.
Compact low-growing waratah - with masses of deep pink flower heads on short arching stems. 
Thrives in fertile well-drained soils.

 
Alloxylon pinnatum
Unavailable at the moment


Dorrigo Waratah
                Rare and endangered - grown from seed collected in a private garden
Alloxylon pinnatum

H. Up to 10m  Fl. Spring - Summer    
Rainforest tree with large shiny leaves and large pinkish red flower clusters. Frost tender when young. Prefers well-drained deep soils in semi-shade. Coastal gardens, around pools, near house, specimen.

These plants were propagated from seed collected in a garden in the Southern Highlands and have survived a winter in a shadehouse in Armidale. They are more cold tolerant than coastal forms and would be suited to Blue Mountains or coastal gardens. They like similar conditions to other waratahs.  They are rarely offered for sale.



Actinotus helianthi
Square Tube $4.00 each          or 3 for $10.00


Flannel Flowers                     Best grown in groups of three.
Actinotus helianthi

These iconic Australian plants are rarely available in the nursery trade due to the difficulty of propagating them. We've now had a few breakthroughs and are able to offer limited numbers of plants in tubes.
Although they usually only live for 3 years they do self-sow in the garden so once planted you should have them coming up year after year particularly if you mulch that part of the garden with fine gravel.  For a show-stopping display, plant three together in a medium sized terracotta pot (about 30 - 40 cm deep). Cover the hole with some flywire then cover the flywire with some scoria gravel.  Fill with a native potting mix and mulch over the top with fine gravel. I like using small white quarz chips.  Pots need to be on a stand that allows free drainage. Do not put a saucer underneath the pot. These amazing plants flower just about all year round in milder climates and during the warmer months in cold climates. They need very little attention apart from trimming back the stems after they finish flowering. Be sure to leave a few to set seed. They are moderately frost hardy and I would recommend you put them in a sheltered position like a covered verandah in winter. Fertilise with blood and bone in spring and keep the soil moist but not wet

Swainsona formosus
Now Available  3 for $10.00

Sturt's Desert Pea                      Not suitable for humid coastal conditions.
Swainsona formosa                  Plant 3 together in a large tub for a stunning effect.

0.3 m x 1 m  Fl. Most of year  Perennial but best grown as annual.
 

Iconic Aussie groundcover with greyish green hairy leaves, long trailing stems and clusters of large red and black pea flowers.  Moderately frost hardy. Well-drained soil in full sun.
Select a large wide mouthed terracotta pot (about 40 cm deep). Cover the hole with some flywire then cover the flywire with some scoria gravel (available from Bunnings).  Fill with a premium native potting mix and mulch lightly over the top with more scoria gravel. Pots need to be on a stand that allows free drainage. Do not put a saucer underneath the pot. These amazing plants flower just about all year round in milder climates and during the warmer months in cold climates beginning in December. Plants put in now could be in flower for Christmas. They need very little attention apart from trimming back the stems after they finish flowering. They are moderately frost hardy and I would recommend you put them in a sheltered position like a covered verandah in winter. Fertilise with slow release native granules in summer and autumn and keep the soil moist but not wet.