Eremophila bignoniifolia x viscida ‘Meringur Midnight’ for its large dark purple flowers and long green leaves; -video. Eremophila ‘Meringur Isaac’, released in 2020, is a hybrid between E. bignoniiflora and E. polyclada.
While many species can be propagated from cuttings, grafted forms will survive in gardens longer in the wetter climates of Sydney and Melbourne. This one is a spectacular purple flowered selection, with the informal name of ‘Meringur Isaac’, (photo right) which has recently been made available for cultivation.
They have so many good points for garden design.
In Canberra we tend not to prune in the late autumn because the new growth gets hit by the frosts but otherwise, anytime seems OK. How hard to prune depends on the plant and the effect you are after. Copyright 2016 GardenDrum AU. Despite planting them in full sun in a mixture of native potting mix and sand, they all died in the Canberra rainy season of 2010-11. Eremophilas work well in pots. My experience is that many eremophilas resent being moved.
Eremophila macgiillivrayi, which grows to 3m high, shows how well flowers can also be attractively displayed against the foliage (photo Phil Hempel). Below is a photo of the grey-leaved form of E. macdonnelli grafted onto a Myoporum stock, growing in a garden in Sydney (pic Karlo Taliana). Eremophilas are part of the Family Scrophulariaceae (formerly Myoporaceae) and generally grow in regions of Australia with fewer than 250mm of rain annually, and south of tropical zones. As so many eremophilas have been only recently collected from the wild and introduced into our gardens, they are still a work in progress as garden plants. Many species are adaptable to humid climates but those species with hairy foliage may be subject to fungal diseases is those areas and are best avoided.’.
He has clay soil, which he mounds up somewhat and adds potting mix. Elaine. Great article on a still under-utilised group of natives. Below, fruits of E. macdonnellii, E. maculata, E. glandulifera (top) and E. bowmanii, E. georgei, E. fraseri (bottom) (photos Phil Hempel). Eremophila alternifolia x Myoporum platycarpum for its delicate pink flowers; Eremophila maculata apricot form obtained from Port Augusta Nursery and our best performing plant, one that we have propagated many times; Many thanks ciliata (pictured below) have spectacular bracts which stay on the plant after the flower dies, providing colour for many months (pic Brian Freeman). We recommend you seek further advice from qualified professionals regarding your own individual circumstances. I have several eremophila maculata compacta that are growing prolifically.
Long periods of flower, particularly in the winter in Canberra and other cooler regions, can keep both insects and birds alive. Eremophila ‘Meringur Isaac’ is a dense shrub 5m x 3m which has green leaves and which can be used as a feature shrub or small tree. As garden subjects, Eremophilas also show great variety in foliage and form. The scrub turkey that wants to be a chook…. Get all the latest news about gardening and Angus straight to your inbox. Shallow clay soils can present problems but if garden beds are built up to 300-600mm, greater success is experienced. Eremophila calohrabdos in Nuriootpa, South Australia. I had fixed in my head that I could not grow the silver or grey leaved eremophilas as well as the green leaved ones, but my statistics show that there is little difference between the two groups – 28% failures in green leaved varieties and 33% of deaths in silver or grey leaved varieties. The home gardener can plan for an Eremophila flowering in every month of the year.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock.
We do get heavy frosts and it doesn’t bother them. Eremophila polyclada x divaricata ‘Summertime Blue’. Eremophila racemosa with orange buds and pink flowers, and They also like well-drained soils but few can tolerate very sandy soils. In 2016 in our garden, 27 different varieties of eremophila flowered for more than half the year and two, Eremophila maculata brevifolia and Eremophila maculata ‘Aurea’ flowered every week of the year, even during Canberra’s winter. How to make free liquid organic fertiliser -video, There is a composting method for every household! Luckily, many of these assumptions have proved false and, thanks to a small band of skilled people in academia and in the Eremophila Study Group (ESG), we now know the best approaches for success for many species. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. -video.
hardy hardy hardy. At the same time, they are wonderfully drought-hardy. Ben Walcott is President of ANPSA and heads the Garden Design Study Group and Ros Walcott is the Garden Design Study Group’s Newsletter Editor. Eremophila pantonii flowering in its natural habitat on the right (photo Phil Hempel).
There is an Eremophila suitable for every garden! I think that many forms of E. maculata and E. glabra, E. arbuscula, and E. longifolia should be able to grow in Townsville on their own roots, provided the soil is well drained. Photo of it below is by Brian Freeman. In the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden near Port Augusta, there are some small display gardens which feature eremophila hedges. Left: Eremophila alternifolia right: Eremophila calorhabdos x viscida I had fixed in my head that I could not grow the silver or grey leaved eremophilas as well as the green leaved ones, but my statistics show that there is little difference between the two groups, 28% failures in green leaved varieties and 33% of deaths in silver or grey leaved varieties. Eremophila dempsteri for its dense flowering habit in pink and white and not crowded by adjacent plants). I am now putting ground covers there that like shade. Signup to receive our newsletter. Most of them react enthusiastically to pruning, even harsh pruning.
Eremophila bignonifolia X polyclada ‘Big Poly’.
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When I first met a wide variety of eremophilas at Lang’s Nursery in Mildura in 2010, I enthusiastically purchased ten plants new to me. Get all the latest news about gardening and Angus straight to your inbox.
We have been in drought now for several years and these are the plants that are thriving, have flowers on them all the time. The Study Group is pleased to recognise support of Native Plant Wholesalers, which makes a donation to us on the sale of those cultivars registered by the Study Group. How to make free liquid organic fertiliser -video, There is a composting method for every household!
Over the years, the Eremophila Study Group has also, through reporting by members, also found that most Eremophila are moderately frost-hardy and many can survive frosts to minus 9 degrees Celsius. albicans (orange) for its cheerful orange flowers; Try some eremophilas in your garden design – they are surprisingly adaptable to a variety of garden conditions and make a great design contribution to your garden. However, the ‘super’ plant Erermophila maculata ‘Aurea’ was originally ripped from the ground and discarded, before being resurrected and moved to another position where it thrives many years later, so not all eremophilas baulk at being moved.
Flinders Island Sea Celery Seeds (Apium insulare), Eremophila – The genus as a garden subject, LEARN MORE IN THE EREMOPHILA STUDY GROUP NEWSLETTER ARCHIVES, BROWSE THE EREMOPHILA STUDY GROUP’S IMAGE DATABASE, Advanced Search-find the right plant for you, Best Australian native plants for pots and containers, Angus’s Plants for Aussie Birds – Grevillea speciosa, Harvesting worm castings from your worm farm video, Keeping your worm farm cool in summer video, Eurobodalla Regional Botanic Gardens -video, Kangaroo Paw Anigozanthos ‘Rampaging Roy Slaven’ video. Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well for you. Eremophila bignoniifolia x alternifolia ‘Meringur Isaac’ for its large pink/purple flowers; Eremophila bignoniifolia x polyclada ‘Big Poly’ for its spotted lilac flowers; Eremophila bignoniifolia x viscida ‘Meringur Midnight’ for its large dark purple flowers and long green leaves;
It is a vigorous ground cover with a grey-green leaf (photo below Lyndal Thorburn). They can also be used as larger screening plants to boost the bird and insect life in your garden.
Where they receive endless sunshine they are thriving but I planted three in an area where they get a lot of shade. They can be clipped into hedges and larger plants used as screens and windbreaks.
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