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Something flowering in each month - June to August

By Ben Sims
4 September, 2020

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Thymelaeaceae which contain the rice flowers – Pimeleas


Qualup BellPimelea physiodes is probably a tourist favourite alongside the Royal Hakea – Hakea Victoria for the most unusual wildflowers that you will see if you visit the world famous Fitzgerald national park that I haven’t visited yet !!! sometimes being so busy in peoples gardens mean you don’t take time out for yourself to visit some truly incredible world class natural attractions that are in your backyard, well sort of if your backyard is 1000-2000km in radius as it’s a 9hr drive from Perth. The form that is most successful in gardens has actually been grafted onto a better rootstock which is Pimelea ferruginea which gives the Qualup bell you see in gardens better vigour and a longer life in gardens. 


Fabaceae – pea family 

Cockies tongue - Templetonia retusa is an early flowering WA native which has a range of forms that grow in many different locations so it can actually flower over a fairly wide range depending on the genetics of the individual plant, it’s geographical location and the microclimate that it is growing in. It has interesting flowers that resemble a cockies tongue. It is bird attracting and will grow in a wide range of soils including coastal alkaline soils where other plants struggle. I’ve seen this plant grow successful on a few inches of alkaline soil on limestone in Cottesloe. 


Eucalypt family – Myrtaceae

Rock Thryptomene - Thryptomene saxicola Is a fantastic plant that looks brilliant when planted in groups for landscape design and nothing looks better than a sea of Thryptomene or using it to break up a mass the same sort of flowers or foliage. It is a great garden plant and we should use more Thyrptomenes in gardens.