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Here at Aspiring Garden And Landscaping we always endeavour to create new and exciting gardens for our customers! Choosing the right plants suited to your needs can some times be a tricky task; below is a list of typical plant species used for most landscaping applications throughout the region...

From native grasses, to exotic plants, there is always something for everyone's taste!

DIANELLA SILVER STREAK (Dianella ensifolia)

Dianella Silver Streak is a small grass, that will grow to a height of 0.5m and usually a total width of 0.4m. The foliage colour, mild green leaves, variegated with light silver streaks will provide year round colour, form and contrast.

If you have any dull spots in your garden, Dianella Silver Streak is well suited to brighten up any spot that needs a little attention to detail. One advantage, is the delicate blue flowers which are produced on fine stems. Full sun for best results.

DIANELLA PETITE MARIE (Dianella revoluta)

Dianella Petite Marie is mostly used as a trouble-free ground cover. It is a small dense tufting lily with short light green strap foliage.

In spring and summer, it has sky blue flowers perching above the leaves.

Mostly suited to cool temperate to sub tropical climates. It does like well drained clay loams or humus-rich sandy soils, neutral to acid PH.

Ideal cottage style plant.

CONVOLVULUS (Convolovulus cneorum)

Convolovulus cneorum is a very beautiful shrub with silver lanceolate leaves setting off pure white funnels that are sometimes ribbed on the reverse side with pink. It will stand a certain amount of frost if it is in well-drained, sunny position, protected from cold winds (the wet is probably what it dislikes, rather than the cold). This plant can easily be grown from cuttings taken from summer. It is a choice plant that will look beautiful used along a border or in a tub.

LANTERN TREE (Crinodendron)

This is a small genus of two species, of which both are in cultivation. They are evergreen shrubs or small trees with bright red or white lanterns hanging singly on long stalks from the branches in early summer. The flowers start to form in autumn and it is not until the following summer that they are eventually fully developed.

Crinodendrons will grow up to 4m (13ft) if the frosts will allow them, but they are not all that hardy. They should be grown in full sun in cold gardens. Because of their spectacular flowers, Crinodendrons make striking specimen shrubs.

CROWEA (Crowea saligna)

Crowea saligna is a small genus of shrubs native to Australia. They are particularly useful in that they bloom throughout the winter and into the spring, producing starry flowers that differ in shade from pink to purple. The bushes are evergreen, with narrow leaves that are aromatic when bruised. Some are not hardy and should only be grown outside in frost-free areas.

Crowea like a light well drained soil, with added humus, and prefer light shade. They need a cool root run and plenty of mulch.

Their habit of flowering during the winter and spring means that they are best planted where this quality can be most appreciated. They are small enough to be grown in tubs or other containers.

FUCHSIA (Fuchsia magellanica)

Everyone knows and loves these plants. I tend to go along with the crowd, but I must admit that when displayed in crowded rows they can look overpowering.

These are delightful as a single plants or in groups of the same type, but mix them randomly and you need to reach for your sunglasses! The flowers themselves come in a range of pinks, reds, mauves, purples and white, separately or in combinations.

Fuchsias will flower throughout the warmer months, from late spring to early winter. The bushes vary in height and compactness but many have graceful, arching stems, liberally hung with bright flowers.

WEIGELA (Weigela florida 'VARIEGATA')

This is a small group of shrubs that are widely available and are popular plants for the small garden. They are at their height in late spring and early summer, when they produce masses of flared funnels in a range of colours that are mainly pinks and reds, but also include white and yellow. The foliage is deciduous and consists of medium-sized ovate leaves.

Weigelas grow up to about 2m. They are completely hardy. They will grow in any soil. Full sun is appreciated but they will tolerate a little shade.

WISTERIA (Wisteria sinensis)

These are indeed a very handsome plant! A sizeable wisteria in full bloom, with hundreds of large blue racemes hanging beneath the airy pinnate leaves, sends the pulse racing. Unfortunately you cannot rush out and buy a fully grown tree to wrap around your house; it takes time and patience. The flowers are typical of the pea family, Leguminosae, to which wisteria belongs. They erupt in spring in long chains; these are similar to laburnum, except that here the flowers are a soft blue. The different forms include whites as well as several minor variations on the lilac-blue theme. The foliage is like ash leaves, with several small leaflets along a central stem (this is called a pinnate leaf).

CHILEAN FIRE BUSH (Embothrium coccineum)

One of the most exotic flowering shrubs for the garden, the Chilean fire bush, is covered with a mass of tubular, orange-scarlet flowers, creating the illusion that the whole shrub is nothing but a ball of fire! Far-fetched, perhaps, but it is a sight worth seeing during the late spring or early summer.

There are only a few members of the genus and only one, E. coccineum, is in cultivation, though it has several forms. It grows quite tall, 6m eventually, but it takes quite a few years to reach its full height. It is on the tender side of hardy and is quite adaptable, growing in cool- to warm-climate gardens given conditions it likes ~ this is not the kind of plant you want to lose.


Being small, Heaths are not always thought of as shrubs, but a closer look at their stems will reveal that they are decidedly woody. In any case, not all heaths are small; the so-called tree heaths are taller and more obviously shrubs (in spite of their name). The flowers are generally bell-shaped, and held either in whorls at the end of the branches, or, more commonly, singly along the whole length of the branch. The colour varies from white to a whole range from pink to deep red or purple. The leaves are very fine and needle-like, and again the colour range is extensive, from soft grey greens to dark green and golden yellow.

LIRIOPE ISABELLA (Liriope muscari)

Liriope Isabella is a fine leafed compact spreading species. It has beautiful pink flowers and is widely used as a lawn alternative or garden border.

It is commonly known to be a better performer than Mondo in full sun and works Australia wide.

Plant 6 per square metre for a full coverage lawn in 18-24 months or 12 per square metre for quicker coverage in 9-12 months.

A very popular species used often here at Aspiring Garden And Landscaping!

PHORMIUM SWEET MIST (Phormium tenax)

Often known as Flax, Phormium are dramatic, architectural plants from New Zealand. They have a fountain of bold strap-like leaves. The leaves vary from plain olive green in the species Phormium tenax, which grows to a height of 1.8 - 3 metres.

Other varieties such as the more compact Phormium cookianum even have striped creamy yellow and white ('variegatum') and striped green and rose red ('maori chief'), which can create interesting colour schemes in the garden.

They are generally tough plants that will endure hot dry positions once established, though their preference is for moist but well-drained soil.

GREVILLEA 'ROBYN GORDON' ( Grevillea...after Charles Francis Greville, co-founder of the Royal Horticultural Society).

Grevillea 'Robyn Gordon'; my most favorite of the Grevillea species. Grevillea 'Robyn Gordon' has been planted widely around Australia and other countries. It is a very popular Grevillea cultivar which can grow to 2 metres in height and up to 3 metres in width.

The red inflorescences are about 15cm long by 9cm wide.

The Hybrid parentage is a cross between a red-flowered form of Grevillea bansii and G. bipinnatifida.

Trials began in Queensland in 1963 by David Gordon, the main reason was for its prolific and sustained flowering.