To the uninitiated, the list of plant names might look about as exciting as reading the phone book, but to people in the know it transports them to another world … a world of fantastic foliage, phenomenal flowers, remote landscapes, and some of the rarest plants on the planet.
To a plant-nut, the Yuruga stocklist is literally …. plants to die for!
So, what is there ‘to die for’ this month at Yuruga?
Let’s start with Lilly-pillies. No, not the common or garden varieties such as Lulu, Hot Flush and Supreme that you find in every Garden Centre anywhere in Australia, but the Paperbark Satinash, Lockerbie Satinash, Yellow Satinash, Red Myrtle and Johnstone River Apple ….fantastically beautiful plants from the rainforests at our own back door-step.
Then there’s the Silky Oak family. Mouth-wateringly beautiful species such as the Fern-leafed Stenocarpus, Fishtail Oak, Blush Silky Oak, Noah’s Oak, Red Silky Oak and Northern Spice Bush.
And still from the rainforest, there’s Noahdendron, Palm Tulip Oak, Fern-leafed Tamarind, Sankowskya, Daintree Penda, Stockwellia, Claudie Tulip Wood and the gorgeous Dwarf Harpullia..
Moving into the tropical savannahs, there’s the Lemon Scented Ironbark, Pumpkin Gum, Woollybutt and Northern Ghost Gum. There’s the Irvinebank Grevillea, Cape York Kurrajong, Cape York Melaleuca and Purple-stemmed Turkey Bush.
What’s so special about these plants? For a start, many of them are extremely rare, and to a ‘plant nut’ that’s good enough reason to spend a day at Yuruga putting together a trolley-load of ‘goodies’. But most of them are also extremely beautiful. Noahdendron, for instance, has exquisitely scented pink flowers. Stockwellia has pink new foliage that is so bright that you would swear the leaves were painted with luminescent paint. The Paperbark Satinash has the most beautiful fluffy lavender flowers and fluorescent purple fruit. The Fern-leafed Stenocarpus has delicate foliage so intricately lacy in structure that you would have trouble believing that it is a tree not a fern. Absolutely ‘to die for’!
Can anyone grow these phenomenal plants? Yes and no. It depends on the particular micro-climate at your place, but a true plant-nut will always find a way. Maybe it’s the excuse you need to build that courtyard around your pool and barbecue area. And if you can’t fit them in your garden, or they’ll grow too big for your small yard, you can always treat yourself to a large ornamental pot (or several) for Christmas.
Happy gardening this Christmas season, and see you at Yuruga!
Peter and Ann