Growing Friends' Plants of the Month 2018

  • Each month the Growing Friends will choose a plant from their nursery to showcase
  • Previous Year's Plants of the Month - Have a look at them all

  • Goodenia macmillanii - January/February 2018 Plant of the Month

    Goodenia macmillanii, an Aussie plant, was first described by von Mueller in 1859 and is endemic to Victoria being found only in a few locations in East Gippsland. It is listed as vulnerable in the Department of Sustainability and Environment's Advisory List. Unlike the more common Goodenia ovata which has yellow flowers, it has purple/mauve flowers and an upright habit. Flowering is in summer. It seems to grow well in most soil types, tolerates sun and shade although the best conditions are moist soils. It is frost tender. It is an interesting and rewarding perennial for home gardens and not just because of its rarity; it is attractive in its own right.

    There are plants available for sale in the Growing Friends nursery

    Chamaecereus sylvestri - March 2018 Plant of the Month 


    Chamaecereus sylvestri, (The Peanut Cactus) is an interesting, easy to grow little plant originally from a mountainous area in Argentina.

    Its young shoots resemble peanuts, and will readily fill a pot in 2 years. The stems lengthen into cylindrical finger-like shapes and are pale green with soft hairs and lengthwise shallow indentations.

    This fascinating cactus will also grow indoors, as long as it receives sunlight and is kept moist. Bright scarlet star like flowers may occur in Spring and early summer under favourable growing conditions. Great for terracotta pots and hanging baskets.

    There are plants available for sale in the Growing Friends nursery

     

    Salvia splendens ‘Van Houttei’ - April 2018 Plant of the Month

    This Salvia is at its best during Summer, Autumn and into the early stages of Winter, in its loosely shrubby, perennial form. It grows to about 1 - 1.5 x 1 - 1.2 m approx. It has limey green foliage and its flowers are quite large and a very attractive crimson/maroon colour with the calyx a deeper maroon red. It is best grown in a protected position, with morning sun (but good indirect light or light shade) and away from strong winds and hot sun.

    It prefers some moisture, compost-rich soil and is certainly a stunner in full bloom! Remove spent flowers to extend the flowering period and give a light prune by about one third in Spring as the plant begins to show new growth, or to new shoots back along the stem - hard pruning can lose this plant. It is not frost tolerant. 

    The Growing Friends have good stock of this wonderful and colourful Salvia.

    Hibiscus paramutabilis - May 2018 Plant of the Month


    Native to China, this rarely seen, long flowering, deciduous shrub grows to 2m or more in height. Luxuriant mid-green, maple like foliage compliment abundant, large, single, bright pink flowers that bloom from late summer till winter.

    This showy plant prefers a sunny spot that is adaptable to most well drained soils. It is quite hardy and will tolerate frosts. Can be pruned to shape/size in late winter, early spring. Grow it as a background plant or a feature….perhaps amongst some Salvias or one of the Ceratostigmas  where it will shine brightly.

    The Growing Friends have plenty of stock of this spectacular, distinctive Hibiscus.

     

    Begonia angularis - June 2018 Plant of the Month


    Begonia angularis has an upright form and bears white pendulous flowers, it grows to 1 metre in height. The  beautiful leaves have wavy-toothed margins and are grey – green with silver veins. The plant enjoys filtered light and well drained soil. It comes from the rain forests of Brazil and so does not require rich soil. The plant can also be grown indoors.

    The Growing Friends Nursery should have stock of this lovely begonia at the regular monthly nursery plant sales.