We are open for retail sales Easter Saturday, Sunday & Monday.
Our updated list of Australian native plant species that are for sale in our retail nursery
has been updated on this website.
We have a large range of plants from strappy leaved plants, ground covers, low, medium and tall shrubs, through to trees of all sizes. We have also included on the list plants that we have for sale in bigger pots. They are not all Autumn flowering. Below are photos of some of the native tubestock that we presently have for sale.
Give the Gift that keeps on growing,
For your loved one who will be knowing,
You truly cared about this giving.
Your Gift will give the joy of living.
To give a Gift Voucher for Christmas phone us on 08 9525 1324 with your Credit Card details, your name and address, we will post out the Gift Voucher to you the following day. Our Gift Vouchers are valid for one year.
If you are giving the Voucher to someone who knows little, or nothing, about gardening with Australian native plants, we will do our best to help make their gardening an enjoyable and successful experience.
A beautiful garden, which is what will be achieved, also adds value to their property.
The person receiving the Voucher does not only get the dollar value of some plants, they get much much more!
We also post our tubestock plants to people who live within Western Australia but are unable to visit our retail nursery here in Oakford.
Unfortunately, due to quarantine restrictions, we are not able to post plants out of Western Australia.
Property value increases.Thinking of the dollars helps you dig the holes!
The Joy of Gardening."No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one Garden" Hugh Johnson.
"All gardeners live in beautifuil places because they make them so." Joseph Joubert
"Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get beautiful plants and flowers" Anon.
Montie's verge in East Victoria Park is a W.A. native road verge and was first planted with native tubestock in 2014.
For many years before, the verge consisted of one street tree and compacted dry brown grass. Residents and visitors regularly used this verge for a car park. Unfortunately some drivers still consider it a car park! Sadly, many residents do not know, or care, about the beauty and environmental advantages of having a W.A. native road verge. Montie does and some neighbours are beginning to appreciate it too!
This photo was taken just after the planting using tubestock plants in August 2014. The best way to achieve success when planting is to use native tubestock plants that can grow in the soil type of the road verge. The soil type of East Victoria Park is grey Bassendean Sand. Plants suitable for this soil type were chosen.
We can assist you in our retail nursery to choose the right plants for your road verge.
It is important when planting to dig deep and wide holes. This breaks the compaction of the sand and makes it much easier for the roots of the native plants to penetrate downwards. This planting method will create a very waterwise verge that will require little or no watering, particularly during the summer months. When plants have been grown in square tubes the roots do not root bind (go round and round in the tube or pot). This helps the plants to establish much quicker. Using a rough mulch such as in this photo is helpful as it keeps the surface of the sand cooler in summer and it also helps to supress weeds. However, mulching is not essential. If you want to plant up your verge or garden with natives on a tight budget, just buy tubestock and be prepared to dig big holes. Do not install irrigation. Once established this road verge will survive with little (from a hose and tap) or no irrigation. When doing the 'little' irrigation, it does not mean 'little and often' which encourages shallow rooted, unhealthy plants. It means that the plants should be watered seldom but thoroughly.
This road verge E. Victoria Park is different to all the other verges in the street. A few look like the ones on the opposite side of the road in the above photo. They are manicured lawn and require a lot of water to keep them a beautiful green. This type of road verge not only requires valuable water, but also maintenance work like regular mowing and weeding. Almost all of the other verges in this street in East Victoria Park are just brown grass and weeds. They do not require any water and maintenance but they are so unattractive and HOT! Having a nice ever-green (which W.A. native always are) road verge, particularly if a tree or trees can be included, this helps to keep the street and neighbouring homes much cooler. The residents will also discover that they attract birds.
Bungendore Park Rehabilitation 2016.
Rehabilitation work has been done by volunteers for over 40 years and organised by the volunteer Bungendore Park Management Committee.
Bungendore Park is in the Darling Range behind the City of Armadale.
These are members of the Armadale Wildflower Society who came to our nursery last Sunday morning to put the plants that we have grown for them into trays of mixed species. Volunteers will be planting them next weekend into Bungendore Park. Each volunteer planter is given a tray of mixed plants to avoid too many of one species being planted together. These volunteers, and others, have always collected the seed from within Bungendore Park in order to ensure local species provenance is planted back into the park. They provide our nursery with the seed which we then propagate for them. This year they will be planting 1000 seedlings which contain a mix of species like Acacia, Calothamnus, Banksia, Melaleuca, Xanthorrhoea and Hakea. Their success rate over the many years of rehabilitation has been remarkable. Unfortunately there have been some losses due to fire, drought and damage by humans and animals. We hope that this year will be a good year because Bungendore Park has received some very useful rain over this 2016 autumn and winter.
Above is the formal historical photo for the Bungendore Park Management Committee. It was taken by me using Kim Sarti's 'quality' camera. The one below is my not so formal photo taken on my Canon basic cheap camera! Kim Sarti and Kim Fletcher enjoyed comparing their cameras. They both take beautiful photos. We had an enjoyable, traditional, morning tea afterwards. We sat in the much appreciated warmth of the sun as we had just experienced our first winter frost.
Here is a short video showing the mixing of the tubestock seedlings by the Armadale Wildflower Society members.
This is our site at the Perth Garden Festival 2016 for which we won a Perth Garden Festival Award.
We had Sue and Graeme from Boxed Green and Hazel Dempster giving advice and talks throughout the four days of the Festival. Chris Ferreira and Johnny Profumo joined us on the last two days and they gave talks, answered many questions and provided valuable advice. We are now planning for next year's Festival. We hope that our site will be bigger and better and so will the Perth Garden Festival 2017.
More of our Perth Garden Festival Award winning site, 2016.
A huge amount of work goes into displaying and preparing plants for a four day festival like the Perth Garden Festival. Receiving a Perth Garden Festival Award is very encouraging for us and our staff. My special thanks goes to all of our staff who propagated and cared for all the plants. In particular Jodie who offered to choose, prepare and label all of the 260 species we had for sale at the Festival. I would also like to thank my niece Kaye, my grandchildren, Tegan and Sarah and Gloria, one of our staff, for helping me with the Colouring-in Book. Jodie, Sue, Chavaughn, Chantelle and Roger helped with the selling over the four days.
We will be displaying and selling plants at the
Perth Garden Festival 28th April to 1st May 2016.
It will be at McCallum Park in Victoria Park.
We have joined with Phil and Marlene from the Eremophila Nursery in Kalamunda for the Festival and we will be on one large combined site. Between us we will have the biggest display of Australian native plants ever offered on one site at a Western Australian Garden Festival, including many beautiful Eremophila species.
By the end of this week we will have, on this web site, our list of species, their descriptions and uses, that we will be bringing to the Garden Festival 2016 for sale. Hopefully we can provide gardeners with lots of gardening inspiration!
Come and meet the Growers.
Jodie will be at our site at the Garden Festival on Thursday 28th April if you wish to meet a grower and a keen native gardener. We will also have on site throughout the Festival, other members of our nursery staff, so you can meet other growers of the plants. They will be happy to share their knowledge and give you assistance.
Come and meet the Native Plant Experts and Landscapers
If you require advice on landscaping, Sue Dempster and her team from Boxed Green will be on site throughout the Festival. Sue is an experienced landscaper with a good knowlege of Australian native plants.
Chris Ferreira from The Forever Project (Inspiring and empowering sustainable communities) will be available for advice on Saturday 30 April between 12.30pm and 1.30pm and on Sunday 1st May bewtween 1pm and 2pm.
There will be other native plant experts at our site who will be available at different times over the four days to answer questions and provide advice, for example Hazel Dempster from the Wildflower Society and Phil James from the Eremophila Nursery.
There will be 26 Nurseries displaying and selling at the Perth Garden Festival 2016 and 10 beautiful landscaped display gardens. This will be the biggest display of plants, landscaping and allied garden products seen in Perth for many years. It will be well worth a visit.
Banksia occidentalis commonly called the Red Swamp Banksia
Banksia occidentalis is described as a shrub or a small tree and can grow up to 7 metres. When grown in a pot its growth would be restricted so it would make an attractive pot plant for its green fine leaves as well as its flowers. The Botanist, Alex George, describes it as sometimes reluctant to flower. Perhaps that could be when it is growing in the bush where life can be harsh for plants. It prefers growing in peaty sand, or sand in low lying moist areas. It was first collected by Robert Brown in 1801 near King George Sound, on the south coast of Western Australia. It is native to the south coast from Augusta to Cape Arid. The flowers in mature plants are bigger than the one I have photographed here. Alex George describes the flowers as golden with styles of metallic red which is a lovely description. Other people use descriptions like yellow, orange with red styles.
There are many Western Australian Banksias that can make attractive garden plants and can also be grown in pots. It is important to remember that Banksias do not like phosphorous in the potting mix or in your garden, so do not add any fertilizer once planted in your garden and only use a controlled native fertilizer sparingly when growing in a pot. It is important to keep the mix in the pots moist but not too wet.
Reference: Alex S. George The Banksia Book, Kangaroo Press in association with The Society For Growing Australian Plants - NSW Ltd. (There is no date in the book).
Our Stock List of Australian Native Species for Sale Now March 2016.
Click on this green lettering and the list will come into view.
All the plants on this Stock List are for sale in square Forestry Tubes except where indicated in the comments section. The plants are of a good size and are fully sun hardened and ready to be planted now.
All Forestry Tubes $5.00 ea. There are 50 or more of each species shown on the list.
Other prices and numbers as shown in the comments section of the species list.
For quarantine reasons we are not able to send plants out of Western Australia to the Eastern States.
Above is a photo of our benches in our production nursery. Not all of these species are for sale now March 2016. There are many that are too small and will be listed in future Species Lists. We propagate all year round and are continually trying to grow new and unusual species. Many natives are difficult to grow but it is always an exciting challenge, and very gratifying, when we succeed growing a new species in commercial numbers.
We presently have 2,500 Australian native species growing in our production nursery.
All of our tubestock trays have small white descriptive labels in front for customers to take with their plant purchases. However, we encourage customers to just take a label if they are unsure about whether to buy a plant or not. It gives customers the opportunity to go and research the plant before purchasing. One of our most important messages to customers is -
PLAN BEFORE YOU PLANT!
These photos show some of the species for sale now March 2016.
Autumn is almost here and it is time for planning and planting Australian native gardens. Please always remember to include plants that feed our Carnaby's Cockatoos.
Cockatoos need food and as we develop land for housing with little or no space for trees and gardens, we are taking destroying their food source. We need to be planting a large variety of Western Australian trees and shrubs so that these beautiful birds can have a quality diet.
Over the last 6 weeks a large flock of about 60 Carnaby's Cockatoos have been roosting and feeding here in Oakford. Sadly, they come for the seeds in the Pinus pinaster pine cones. This is not the ideal food for these birds. It is considered to be the equivalent of us humans continually eating "take-away" hamburgers. Pinus pinaster trees are native to California.
Carnaby's Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus latirostris) are unique to Western Australia. They have two common Noongar names, 'Ngooriark' and 'Weelark'.If we are going to feed our Carnaby's Cockatoos we need to be planting many different Western Australian native species particularly Marri trees, Jarrah trees, Banksias, Hakeas and Callistemon phoeniceus (Firey Red Bottlebrush).
We have many plants for sale in our nursery that will provide food for the Carnaby's Cockatoos. We recommend that you plant trees and shrubs that have been grown in 70mm square tubes (forestry tubes). Australian native plants that are grown in square tubes do not become root bound. The retail price is $5.00 ea.
Carnaby's Cockatoos extracting seeds from Pinus pinaster cones after they have dried on the ground.
The Carnaby's Cockatoos break the mature pine cones from the trees and drop them on to the ground. They return later, approximately two weeks, when the cones have dried out and are easier to break up, they then remove the capsules that surround the seed. They break the capsules open into two perfect little cups, as you can see in the photo above, then remove the seed and eat it. The capsules are just 8mm long. It is amazing that these large birds with big sharp beaks can break these small capsules open perfectly in half just by using their beaks and possibly their claws. I tried to do the same using pliers, tweezers, small hammer etc., I did not even manage to do one!
Sentinal duties among Cockatoos.
After the Carnaby's Cockatoos had finished feeding on the pine trees, some of them started to feed on Banksia attenuata. The short video (just above) shows a Carnaby's Cockatoo on 'sentinal duty' on the top of the Banksia attenuata by our retail nursery. The cockatoo is making sure that the photographer did not get too close, while the cockatoos safely feed below, partially hidden in the tree foliage.
The work of Garden Volunteers in Paterson Street, Mundijong in the
Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale
These gardens have been planted and are maintained by a group of garden volunteers who are Mundijong residents. This comes with a special wish this Christmas for Henry and his fellow volunteers who are doing a fantastic job. The majority of Mundijong residents would not know that these gardens are the work of fellow residents known as Garden Volunteers. I took these photos two days ago, in one more year the plants will be much bigger. In a couple of years the garden volunteers might have to do some pruning of bigger plants
The plant in front is Macrozamia riedlei commonly called Zamia Palm. The two immediately behind are the beautiful Calothamnus hirsutus. It does not have a common name but can easily been seen growing in the Mundijong Road Reserve in Mundijong which is a Rare Flora Road Reserve. The prostrate bright geen foliage plant with masses of purple trumpet flowers is an attractive form of Hemiandra pungens commonly called Snake Bush. This flowers profusely over summer. There are several other species in the background but particularly prominent are the beautiful little Grass Trees Xanthorrhoea preissii. These Grass Trees will not grow tall trunks for many years but their foliage is always an attractive addition to native gardens.
This wall was built by prisoners from the Karnet Prison Farm. The planting by the garden volunteers has already enhanced the beauty of the wall even though the garden is still young. There are approximately 12 different native species in this section including the Common Smokebush Conospermum stoechadis which used to be very 'common' in Serpentine Jarrahdale, but is no longer. It is important to have as much bio-diversity as possible in our native flowerbeds to provide nectar for nectar eating birds and insects for the insect eating birds throughout the year. The dark green groundcover that can be partially seen on the bottom left is Dodonaea ceratocarpa a groundcover form and it can be seen repeated several times along the flowerbed. It is a plant that makes an excellent groundcover but little known and seldom used. All these plants were grown from tubestock size plants grown in our nursery.
Hooray for Henry and his Garden Volunteers!
NOVEMBER'S NATIVE FLOWERS IN OUR NURSERY DISPLAY GARDENS.
Grey Bassendean Sand is the soil type for our display gardens. All these plants grow without an irrigation system. On the odd occasion if any of the plants require a bit of extra water in the summer we use a hand held hose or a watering can. We plant tubestock (small plants) when we are planting. In very dry areas we add Bentonite Clay to the area around the roots of the plant. This helps to maintain moisture where it is needed. We also 'long stem' plant. Long stem planting is when we bury the plant half way up the trunk. This puts the root zone well below the heat of the soil surface. The plant then develops adventitious roots from out of the buried trunk which makes the plant grow faster, these roots also make the plant more stable.
WHY WE USE LATIN NAMES FOR OUR PLANTS.
All plants are given their own latin name but they don't all have a common name. Latin names provide important historical information about the plant and its relationship to other plants, but common names don't. This means that there are times when two completely different plants have the same common name. Therefore, it is important that we always use latin names to make sure that we are all 'singing from the same song book'.
Many Melaleaucas and Calothamnus species flower in November. Below are photos of three of several that we have flowering now in our display flowerbeds. They all make very attractive garden plants as well as pot plants. They are also excellent plants for attracting birds into gardens.
Calothamnus gilesii flowering in our group of November's native flowers. The flowers are highly bird attracting.
It is not difficult to establish a native garden with beautiful flowers such as these. Your garden once planted would require little or no watering, no fertilizing, some weeding, some pruning and as the garden ages, some plant replacement.
YOUR NATIVE GARDEN WILL GIVE YOU MUCH JOY, SATISFACTION AND HAPPINESS!
IT WILL ALSO ATTRACT LOTS OF BEAUTIFUL BIRDS. WE CERTAINLY HAVE SOME STUNNING BIRDS HERE IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA. WE HAVE INSECT EATING BIRDS AS WELL AS NECTAR EATING BIRDS, ALL OF WHICH REQUIRE OUR GARDENS TO BE FULL OF NATIVE FLOWERS FOR THEIR FOOD.