Photo - Linda Ross
Leucadendron salignum ‘Gypsy’
Description: this South African native brings year-round burgundy foliage to the garden. In autumn and winter it produces a cone-like flower, which becomes woody at maturity. The cone is surrounded by scarlet bracts which make beautiful and long-lasting cut flowers. It is part of the extensive Proteaceae family, cousins of both grevilleas and waratahs.
Size: 2.5m high and 2m wide, perfect for hedging or screening.
Cultivation: these are ideal for low-maintenance gardens, as they do well with minimal water and are suitable for many soil types. Keep them neat with regular pruning.
Special comments: fertilise with any good native plant fertiliser. Avoid phosphorus.