Last but definitely not least, it’s the local banksia’s turn in the spotlight. This genus is widely popular, especially in WA, and comes in a variety of sizes and colours.
We talk about the different species available and how it attracts all sorts of life into the garden!
Unique to WA
Banksia plants are a staple to any Australian garden, and a special emblem of Western Australia. Out of 75 known species, the south of WA is home to 62. There’s even a Banksia garden that showcases every WA banksia species alongside mosaic artworks.
Did you know?
- Evidence shows that banksia-like plants have existed for over 40 million years!
- They look a lot like the common bottlebrush but are not from the same family
- They come in a beautiful array of yellows, oranges, pinks, and reds
Popular with the natives
Banksias are made to attract a crowd, and not just admirers of nature. With its cluster of flowers, nectar, and seeds ready to be picked, it brings insects and birds all year round.
If you’re planning to have a lively garden, make sure to stagger your plants so that they flower at different periods of the year.
How to care for your banksia
These native plants thrive in gardens with well drained soils in the sun. WA native banksias can be prone to root-rot fungus, so avoid areas with high rainfall and humidity during summer.
Some other things to remember:
- they only require a light pruning every once in a while
- Treat with only low phosphorus fertilisers
Our Nursery supplies a number of beautiful WA native banksias, including the banksia grandis. Enquire today about implementing natives in your garden!