Tuesday, October 29, 2013

H..a host of lovely flowers

Hovea elliptica is a slender erect shrub or small tree (0.6-3m high) with blue/purple,white pea-shaped flowers from August to December.  It is a native of southwest Western Australia.

Hardenbergia comptoniana (native wisteria) is endemic to the sandplains and dunes of southwest Western Australia.
It is a a vigorous climbing plant whose branches twist around the stems of other plants.  The flowers. which appear in winter and spring are usually mauve to purple in colour but pink and white forms are known and are a typical 'pea' shape.

It has been in cultivation for many years and is widely grown both in Australia and overseas.  It has proven to be very hardy in a wide range of climates and most reasonably drained soils.  It will grow in sunny or lightly shaded locations.  Bear in mind it is very vigorous and is best grown on a strong support such as a fence or trellis rather then allow it to grow over smaller shrubs.  Propagation is easy from seed following pre-treatment to break the physical dormancy provided by the impervious seed coat.

Hypocalymma robustum (Swan River myrtle) is a species of open shrub endemic to open forests and woodlands of the southwest region of Western Australia. It grows in the jarrah forests of our Darling Ranges near Perth.
It usually grows to between 0.4 and 1 metre in height and has pale to dark pink flowers which are produced between June and November (early winter to late spring) in its native range.  The scented flowers cluster around the stem.  It is a desirable garden plant but it needs a climate where the summers are dry as well as good drainage. It will grow in a sunny or partially shaded position and has moderate frost tolerance.

Hibbertia cuneiformis, commonly known as Cut-leaf Hibbertia, is a shrub species that is endemic to the southwest of Western Australia where it enjoys the karri forests but can also be found in coastal areas. It grows to between 1-2 metres tall and has yellow flowers which appear from January to March and June to November in its native range.  It often flowers with the blue-purple native wisteria and white clematis which, combined, make for a beautiful show in the forest.

I love them all but the last one always catches my eye as yellow (as some of you may know) is my favourite colour.


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    1. Thanks Delores. Glad you enjoyed them.

  2. Hooray for this selection. We grow our Hardenbergia (also known as Happy Wanderer) up gum trees - where it thrives.
    And on one of our main roads it has been used along the verge - and looks stunning when it flowers with the wattle.

    1. I imagine most of these plants would thrive in Canberra. I really must get a shoofty on and do some planting although with today at 37.2ºC it may be a little late in the year to think of serious planting.

  3. Hari Om
    Oh yes - have grown three of these... The Swan River Myrtle was a new one for me to learn about. Thank you!! YAM xx

    1. I've just realised we usually call it pink myrtle here in Perth, and you are very welcome. xx

  4. We had Hardenbergia growing over a backyard aviary way back in the 80s, it didn't flower as profusely as your pictured example, but it shaded the budgies nicely. I love the Swan River Myrtle, might have to see if I can get one locally. The yellow is gorgeous!
    Your latest book arrived in the mail this morning and since I've just finished my latest kindle story, I'll be starting it in the morning.

  5. Compliments to Australia Post (only posted on Monday) and do enjoy the book.
    Since I've been researching our Aussie plants I am thinking we must do some serious thinking about what to plant in our back garden. I've just realised we in Perth usually call it pink myrtle and not Swan River myrtle. It's beautiful.

  6. Adelaide has streets and streets of crepe myrtles which I also love.