If you crave a sustainable and colourful home garden, that attracts a wide variety of native birds, then Grevilleas are the perfect choice.
Although most grevilleas grow best in full sun, there are some which are suited to part-shade situations. A light, well drained soil is best, although some types tolerate clayey soils. Grevilleas are usually fast growing plants which respond well to pruning, especially tip pruning in the early stages. Some of the larger growing plants should be cut back hard after flowering (you may need to sacrifice some flowers on varieties which seem to flower most of the time).
Some local species which are often available at nurseries are Grevillea sericea which grows to 1m or more and has pink spider flowers, Grevillea longifolia which is a rapid growing tall shrub with burgundy toothbrush flowers, and Grevillea dimorpha which has red spider flowers in autumn and spring.
Some of the more popular grevilleas are the large flowered hybrids like Grevillea ‘Peaches and Cream”, Grevillea ‘Honey Gem’, Grevillea ‘Misty Pink’ and Grevillea ‘Ned Kelly’. Although these grevilleas can be magnificent garden plants, the large flowers attract the larger honey eaters rather than the smaller birds. These larger birds are very aggressive and chase the smaller birds out of the garden. To attract smaller birds try Grevillea ‘Sid Reynolds’, some of the ‘Poorinda’ hybrids or any of the small flowered grevilleas.
We also have a truly amazing resource on our doorstep with the Illawarra Grevillea Park at Bulli (behind the showground), which is open to the public this weekend, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April from 10am to 4pm.
If you are heading north in May, you also wish to drop in to the Royal Botanic Garden on the 15th May to hear from grevillea authority Peter Olde on tips to make your garden an Australian show garden. Book Online.