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What's New This Spring

There is a swag of new plants for us to love this Spring and Elizabeth Swane has all the info on the best of them.

Read more here about the stunning new plants you'll find at your local nursery now.


‘Flower Carpet Pink’.


Doesn’t time fly! It’s 25 years since the launch of the Flower Carpet rose, the world’s number one groundcover rose. It’s easy to care for and has exceptional disease resistance – just two reasons it’s received more than 25 international rose awards. There are eight colours to choose from: my favourite is the original, ‘Flower Carpet Pink’, which has iridescent pink flowers.


Similar to English foxgloves but with more flower heads, Digiplexis ‘Illumination Flame’ are stunning plants. Tall spires of flowers, up to 1m high, are show-stoppers in sunny gardens and containers from spring to early winter. They were in short supply last season, so get in quick!


Digiplexis ‘Illumination Flame’


‘Bella’s Buttons’ is a lovely dwarf Leucadendron with a compact, rounded habit to 45 cm and stunning yellow foliage with red centres in late winter/early spring. It suits pots and borders in well-drained soils, and makes a great cut flower.


Leucadendron ‘Bella’s Buttons’. Photo - Linda Sijpkes


Leucadendron ‘Bella’s Buttons’. Photo - Linda Sijpkes


Also from the Ausflora stable, Leucadendron 'Misty Sunrise' is a medium sized shrub with blue/grey foliage turning red from Late Summer till Spring. Growing 1.5m high and 1m wide 'Misty Sunrise' will look great mass planted or as a feature plant. Prune 'Misty Sunrise' in Late Spring to encourage new growth and maitain shape.


Leucadendron 'Misty Sunrise'. Photo - Linda Sijpkes


The paint-splash effects of this new petunia have a great sense of fun. Petunia ‘Colourworks Baby Doll’ gives a long-lasting summer display in sunny gardens and pots and its semi-trailing habit makes it an ideal choice for hanging baskets.


Petunia ‘Colourworks Baby Doll’


The world’s first double lavenders have been bred here in Australia by Paradise Plants. ‘Lavish Lavenders’ have highly fragrant, showy wings all the way down the flower head. They are bushy and tolerant of heat and humidity. ‘Lavish Musk’ and ‘Lavish Rose’, pictured, are out now and there are more colours to follow.


Lavender ‘Lavish Rose’


Tolerant of wind and coastal conditions this tough little plant is a cute as a button. Armeria ‘Dreamaria’ has vivid pink, globe-shaped flowers held above tightly mounded dark green foliage, making a stunning display for borders or in pots.


Armeria ‘Dreamaria’


Australian succulent breeder Attila Kapitany has developed Kleinia ‘Trident Blue’, an intriguing foliage accent for use in landscapes and containers. This low-grower is frost and drought hardy with uniquely shaped, blue-grey stubby foliage. Ten cents from each label is donated to beyondblue, supporting mental health in Australia.

From Ramm Botanicals.


Kleinia ‘Trident Blue’


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Author: Elizabeth Swane