Six on Saturday – W4/2020 – What’s new in the garden in January

Bargains are hard to resist, and bargain plants even more so! What started as a quick visit to the local nursery turned into an hour long delight as I systematically went through all the plants in their ‘bargain corner’. I finally left with a tropical peach and nectarine, an oddly shaped Liquidambar, a lavender, a hedging plant and a native shrub. Now to plant them … Why not join all of us via The Propagator and have a look at what other gardeners are doing in their part of the world.

Tropical Stone Fruit

Although living in the sub tropics means that there is an abundance of tropical and sub-tropical fruit, every now and then I wish I could pick my own stone fruit. This probably stems from when we were growing up on a small holding. Back then we grew yellow cling-stone peaches, nectarines, Satsuma plums, apricots, apples and pears. Luckily for me there are now some low chill stone fruit trees available which means that I can (hopefully) eventually enjoy picking my own stone fruit! My choice of a peach was White Opal, which bears medium sized fruit.

I also chose a tropical nectarine, Prunus persica White Satin. The label on this tree provides very detailed instructions on how to plant and care for this tree. Both these trees will be planted in the back garden, but the area will need to be prepared from scratch beforehand as it is just a patch of lawn at the moment.

Liquidambar sp.

This particular plant has lost its apical growth, so I’m not sure what shape it will develop as it continues to grow. More than likely it will be a shrub rather than a tree. I need some shade in one of the front garden beds, so I have planted it there alongside a Shasta Daisy, Polyantha Rose, The Montville Rose, Osmanthus and Osteospermum. It is going to be interesting to see how it develops.

Lemon, Lime and Clippers

What a name for a hedging plant! Ligustrum undulatum ‘Lemon Lime and Clippers’ should form a dense and compact hedge of 2m x 2m – ideal for where I have planted it. I’m hoping it will soften and hide the unsightly shade house belonging to our neighbour. The two-toned greens will certainly add some much needed interest in that part of the garden.

Ornamental ginger

The Ginger Factory at Yandina hosts an annual ‘Ginger flower and food festival’ mid-January, with ginger inspired dishes, gardening tips, nursery, art work, and dining. We missed this years festival by a day, but were over the moon to see that there were still many plants for sale! I bought two ornamental gingers, a Curcuma hybrid Anna Paulowna ginger with lovely pink flowers which are edged with green.

The second ginger plant I purchased is a Zingiber species ‘Golden Beehive’. This specimen is not flowering at the moment. Both should do well when planted out in the garden.

Native hibiscus tree

As we sat savouring an ice cream on a hot summer day near the beach earlier in the month, I admired the shape of the tree we were sitting under. It had beautiful heart shaped leaves and lovely bright yellow flowers. I discovered it is the native hibiscus, or cottonwood, Hibiscus tiliaceus rubra. Luckily the local nursery had some in stock, and I have planted it near the top of the garden.

Lagerstroemia potomac

This is a small sized tree with lovely pink flowers in summer, that I have strategically (hopefully!) planted to provide shade in summer, while allowing sun loving annuals to grow under it in winter.

Well, that is my Six on Saturday for this week. Happy gardening to everyone for the coming week!


    • It will be interesting to see whether the peach and nectarine will do well here or not. Fingers crossed they will. Oh you should see the colours of ginger flowers that are available…I found it so difficult to select the two I bought, and that’s why my friend and I are sharing plants. She bought two, and I bought two which were different to her choice. I’m really hoping they like my garden!

  1. The Ginger Factory has had a few of my tourist dollars over the last decade. Love the garden there. We found a nice native plant nursery in Maleny (near the brewery) two years ago. Other country’s native plants always seem so much more exiting than your own.

    • The Ginger Factory is great, and close by so we often pop in – mainly to restock on ginger pieces and cordial! This is the first year I had actually realised there was a garden there, and you are correct! It is a lovely garden! To think I have been missing out on it for these past couple of years….! I have not been to the native plant nursery itself, only been to their stalls at events, and I really should make a trip there. We often go to Maleny, as it is the other end of our Range from us! No m ore excuses!! I’m slowly learning about the Australian native plants. I’m a relatively new citizen here, and of course know so many of the native plants from my original country, and find it is a huge learning curve starting virtually from scratch to learn those of a new country…..but I am slowly getting there and I’m loving the learning curve!

  2. What a gorgeous selection – especially that ginger. And the ligustrum is interesting – don’t know it, so I googled. Seems to be happy in Australia, so I guess it would freeze to death here.

    • The gingers and Ligustrum are also new to me, so it is going to be very interesting to see how they grow here. I have researched that this is a variety of the box leaf privet, which is a non-invasive privet – a bonus which I did not realise. I think it is a very hardy plant and would probably tolerate cold conditions, but check with your local nursery.

      • That’s interesting – but I’m afraid it won’t be available locally – shall have to do an internet purchase if I want it. Thanks for showing it to me!

    • The variety of types and colours you can buy is amazing! It is very difficult to decide which to purchase. I only bought two this year, along with another gardening friend who purchased a different two – with sharing, we will have 4 varieties each, and will do the same next year 🙂

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