They’re fast growing and hardy. They’re really easy to grow. They flower prolifically and for most of the year. They attract all sorts of beautiful native birds. There’s a wide range of flower colours from white to pink to orange. They come in all sizes from ground covers to larger shrubs. What more could you ask?
At the moment, we have over 30 different varieties in stock at Yuruga. Wow!
Starting at ground level …. The Mt Brockman Grevillea (Grevillea formosa) from the top end of the NT is one of the most sought-after grevilleas for tropical gardens because of its low-growing, dense spreading habit and masses of golden yellow toothbrush flowers. The prostrate forms of Grevillea banksii are also popular, coming in both red and white flowers.
Some of the most widely grown and popular grevilleas are Robyn Gordon, Superb, Coconut Ice and Ned Kelly. These four varieties have been around for decades, and have proven to be hardy and reliable in just about most climates. They grow into dense bushy shrubs about 1 to 2 metres high, and have red or pink-red flowers all year round.
The larger shrubs bring the variety of flower colours. There’s pink flowers (Misty Pink, Pink Surprise), yellow (Sandra Gordon), salmon pink (Caboolture, Caloundra Gem, Kay Williams), white (Moonlight), red (Banksii and Long John), and orange (Honey Gem).
Then there’s grevilleas for the enthusiasts… species like Grevillea venusta and our local Grevillea glossadenia and Grevillea pteridifolia, and varieties with wonderful names like Strawberry Blonde.
And for those of you who live in the cooler parts of the Tablelands such as Wondecla, Herberton and Ravenshoe, there are some beautiful cool-climate varieties such as Forest Rambler, John Evans, Lilliane, Poorinda Peter, Red Sunset, Winparra Gem and rosmarinifolia.
The only trick to growing grevilleas successfully is to ensure that they are planted in an open, well-drained, sunny position. They dislike being crowded-in or shaded-out. And they are fussy about fertiliser (high phosphorous fertilisers will kill them), but luckily they thrive in low nutrient situations so fertilising is not essential.
And the very best thing about grevilleas is the myriad birds they attract. And once you have a population of native birds established in your garden, you’ve got a working party of natural pest controllers on the job all day every day.
Grevilleas… every garden should have one (or three or four…)!
See you at Yuruga, and happy gardening!
Peter and Ann