Plants from down under…

Why grow plants from Australia and New Zealand here in the PNW?  Again (and again)…because I finally can.  Now that I’m in Zone 7/8, I’m looking forward to trying new plants. Especially exciting are some Australian beauties:

Grevillea ‘White Wings…a little tender, but we’ll see how she does.


Callistemon sp ‘Woodlander’s Hardy Red. Seems to be Hardy to Z7.  Amazing red bottlebrush-like flowers, mixed in with leaves.  3’x5’



NOID Hebe…Pewter Dome??
Hebe Pretty N Pink…good groundcover, summering in a pot awaiting it’s forever home.
Prostanthera rotundifolia aka Australian Mint Bush. Lusciously scented leaves. So far GREAT in drought conditions, growing like a weed. This was early in summer/late spring in flower.
Grevillea victoriae – gifted from a hort friend…it loves dry, crappy soil.  It has tripled in size this summer.  It will bloom in the winter (hopefully) with orangey spidery flowers.

All of these were planted in the spring and have been thriving!  They love the sun and the island’s dry summers. Let’s see how they fare in the wet winter. So far so good, however.  So….What’s next?  Eucalyptus??!  Dizzy with the possibilities!!


Author: joannewesterby

Although I lived in Ontario for 25 years, Vancouver Island has always been home to me. 15 years ago we bought a "little house on the prairie" in Brant County, just outside Hamilton, Ancaster and Brantford, Ontario. Over the years, with a lot of sweat, determination, luck, skill, frustration, elation and endurance we turned that 2 acre clay field into an amazing chronicled in Through Leaves. When we recently retired we immediately came back 'home' to the Coast. We have settled in beautiful central Vancouver Island at the edge of Nanaimo on 1/2 acre with a mature shrub garden adjacent to a ravine that winds its way up to Westwood Lake and eventually Mount Benson. Although the garden is mature and is very overgrown, too homogenous for my liking and needs my personal stamp! I am dizzy with the possibilities!!!

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