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Natives to love

Orange Marmalade Grevillea

Winter is the time when many natives really start to shine, especially Grevilleas. We love watching birds drooping upside down enjoying their flowing nectar. Here is our selection of natives, this years favourites.

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Grevillea Loopy Lou
A showy Grevillea that will flower nearly all year round. Flowers begin as a pale yellow and then age pink to red. Use as a low filler plant in the garden as this Grevillea will spread to 1.5m wide. Tolerant of light frosts and dry conditions. Height to 50cm.

 

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Grevillea Elegance
Makes a lovely dense screening plant. Elegance will grow to 4m high and 4m wide. The pink-red blooms are produced on the ends of the slightly arching branches. It has glossy finely divided foliage. Available in a grafted form. Height 4m

 

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Grevilleas Ivory Whip
If you’re looking for a Grevillea that will flower nearly all year round, then go no further than Ivory Whip. The dense white flowers make for excellent cut flowers. This medium shrub is great for attracting birds, bees and other beneficial insects. Height to 2m.

 

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Grevillea Firesprite
Excellent informal hedging or screening plant.  Fast growing with bright red flowers in early winter through to late summer.  Dark green deeply lobed foliage.  Height to 3m.

 

Grevillea Sylvia

Grevillea Sylvia
Vibrant deep pink brush type blooms contrast against the silvery blue foliage of this tall growing grevillea. Fast growing and can be used for screening or as a small feature tree in the garden. Height 3m.

 

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Grevillea Peaches and Cream
A cross between Grevillea banksii and G. bipinnatfida this chance seedling was found in a garden just south of Brisbane. The long blooms open pale yellow and as the flower ages tones of pink and orange. Height 1.2m.

Grevillea Orange Marmalade

Grevillea Orange Marmalade
A chance seedling found in a garden in Burbank, Brisbane.  A cultivar of Grevillea venusta, with lovely orange flowers that resemble the colour of marmalade.  Dark green foliage.  Height to 2.5m.

 

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Grevillea Robyn Gordon
This grevillea was a chance seedling found by the plant collector David Gordon in his garden Myall Park in Glenmorgan, Queensland, and named after his daughter Robyn. Beautiful red flowers bloom all year round, this tried and tested Grevillea is one of our favourites. Height to 1.5m.

 

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Grevillea Liliane
Dainty pink and cream spider like flowers and bottle green narrow foliage on weeping branches. This Grevillea is ideal in rockeries or as a feature in native gardens. Also suitable for large containers. Height .5m to 1m by 1-2 wide.

 

Grevillea Cooroora Cascade

Grevillea Cooroora Cascade
Vigorous ground cover with bright yellow flowers up to 20cm long. Delicate silvery grey fine foliage. Excellent for planting on steep banks or retaining walls. Height 30cm by 3m wide.

 

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Baeckea Mt Tozer
A dense shrub with glossy green foliage and sprays of dainty white flowers, through the summer months. Can be clipped into a low hedge. Height to 1m.

 

Hardenbergia

Hardenbergia
Commonly known as native sarsaparilla, this vigorous climber is adorned with purple pea like flowers at the end of winter. Many new varieties are available now, in a range of colours including purple, white and pink. Mini Ha Ha is a small shrub growing to 50cm with dark purple flowers and dark green foliage. Meema is a new variety, with lime green foliage and purple flowers, it can be grown as a ground cover with a spread of 2m, or it also has the ability to climb if given the chance. Happy Duo is a vigorous fast growing climber with both purple and white flowers, perfect for growing over a pergola.

 

Ozothanmnus Rice Flower

Ozothamnus Rice Flower
Rice flowers make a fabulous cut flower, with a long vase life. Available in white, pink and coral this compact shrub is native to SE Queensland. Very easy to grow and drought tolerant. Height to 2m

 

Callistemon Slim

Callistemon Slim
Perfect for narrow areas, this new Callistemon produces a large number of red flowers from spring through summer and into autumn. Use as a hedge or screen planting in tight areas. Suits most soil types, and is frost and drought tolerant. Height to 3m.

 

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Leptospermum Cardwells
Leptospermums or Tea Trees come in many forms. Cardwell is particularly special. The long arching branches are covered in white blooms in late winter early spring, making this plant truly show stopping. Also available in a pink form. Very hardy once established. Height to 3m.

 

Eremophila Nivea

Eremophila
Commonly known as ‘Emu Bush’ there are over 200 species recognised within Australia. From low growing shrubs to small trees. Many have soft grey green foliage and flowers can range from whites to creams, pinks to purples and even oranges and reds. One of our favourites is Eremophila nivea (grafted form) with silvery white foliage and purple flowers. The grafted form is more tolerant of our climate, but still requires well drained soil. Can be grown in a large pot.

 

Lomandra shara

Lomandra Shara
Delicate fine blue grey foliage with masses of yellows blooms that sit above the foliage. This Lomandra is suitable to our subtropical climate and with soft foliage is very kid friendly. Use as a border plant, or in containers. This plant has been rated as a top performer in roof top gardens. Full sun to part shade. Height to 50cm.

 

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Banksia Cherry Candles
Large red and golden ower blooms are a favourite of the honeyeaters. Plants will flower in their first year, however after 5 years the plants will be producing 20 to 30 flower spikes. Plant in full sun in a well-drained position. Perfect in pots. Height 45cm.

 

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Casuarina Cousin It
A form of Casuarina glauca, Cousin It mounds from its main stem to 30cm high and then cascades with branches of fine needle like foliage. Foliage can grow up to 1-1.5m long. Creates a thick matt of foliage, it works well as a ground cover helping to suppress weeds and retain moisture
in the ground. Perfect for growing over retaining walls, or use in a tall planter. Height to 30cm and 1m wide.

 

scaevola

Scaevola
A fast growing groundcover available in a range of colours from white, pink, blue and purple. This showy groundcover looks great in any garden, pot or hanging basket.

This seasons roses

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The below roses are from this years premium bagged/bare root rose selection.

Please book your roses either by email (info[at]brookfieldgardencentre.com.au) or phone 3878 7739 or come in store.

Limited numbers on some varieties, to avoid disappointment get in quick.

An incredible rose with red and yellow striped petals. Each bloom will be slightly di erent with its own combination. Height to 160cm

Abracadabra – Hybrid T
An incredible rose with red and yellow striped petals. Each bloom will be slightly different with its own combination. Height to 160cm.

 

Soft peach pink blooms with an intense fragrance. Low thorn count, excellent picking rose. Very disease resistant. Height to 170cm

Aotearoa – Hybrid T
Soft peach pink blooms with an intense fragrance. Low thorn count, excellent picking rose. Very disease resistant. Height to 170cm.

 

Barabara Streisand Rose

Barbra Streisand – Hybrid T
Large rich lavender blooms with an outstanding fragrance, a vigorous grower producing long stems with dark green glossy leaves. Height to 130cm.

 

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Best Friend – Hybrid T
A classic rose with vibrant deep, hot plum pink blooms with a strong sweet scent. Named by the RSPCA to honour the unconditional special friendship that comes from loving a pet.

 

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Cabana – Floribunda
Semi-double blooms have an intriguing colour combination of rose pink with yellow stripes and a good fragrance. This award winning rose owers profusely through-out the year. Foliage is semi glossy and dark green, with a rounded growth habit. Height to 150cm.

 

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Daniel Morcombe – Hybrid T
Dark red, velvety blooms and continuously flowering throughout the year.  Blooms are carried on long stems, and has been bred for longevity cut flowers can last over a week in a vase.
Dark green, glossy foliage excellent disease resistance. Part proceeds from the sale will go the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.  Height to 2m.

 

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Dark Desire – Hybrid T
This multi award winning rose, forms almost black buds that open to a unique violet-red bloom and then ages to hues of violet purples. A sensual fragrance of oral and fruity. Exceptional disease resistance.

 

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Full Sail – Hybrid T
A beautiful large white bloom with a heavy honeysuckle perfume, a white sport of the popular Aotearoa. Glossy dark green foliage. Good disease resistance.

 

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Fearless – Hybrid T
New release, awarding winning rose. Intense orange blooms with a sweet light fragrance on long stems ideal for picking. Very heat tolerant. Height to 150cm.

 

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Firefighter – Hybrid T
The best of the red roses, rich intense large blooms, with a very intense old rose fragrance. Height to 160cm.

 

Gallipoli – Modern Shrub Rose ~ Limited stock
A commemoration rose for Gallipoli Centenary 2015. Large elegant dark velvet blooms are produced in clusters, flowering over a long period. A donation from every plant sold to ADCC QLD Inc. will help fund ANZAC education to Australian school children and war veteran related projects.

 

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Happy Anniversary – Hybrid T
Deep orange blooms are produced on long firm upright stems perfect for cut flowers. A lovely delicate fragrance. Perfect for a special anniversary.

 

Heaven Scent Rose

Heaven Scent – Hybrid T
Lovely orchid pink blooms with an intense old damask fragrance. Long near thornless stems with dark green glossy foliage. An easy to grow rose. Height to 200cm.

 

Honey Perfume

Honey Perfume – Hybrid T
Plush apricot yellow blooms, with a strong and spicy fragrance. Large clusters of blooms on a well branched bush, quick to re flower. Good disease resistance. Height to 135cm.

 

Man Of Steel

SOLD OUT Man of Steel – Floribunda
Soft pastel lavender blooms that become more lavender with age. The petit full petal blooms repeat flower on this neat tidy bush with glossy rich green foliage, perfect for pots. Intense fragrance. Height to 90cm.

 

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Mother’s Love – Hybrid T
Soft white to creamy pink blooms, flowers are mainly produced in clusters of three and have a strong sweet fragrance. This rose supports the Nursing Mother’s Association of Australia. A medium to tall grower to 1.5m.

 

Pink Intuition

Pink Intuition – Hybrid T
Large, perfect shaped blooms with a mass of beautifully striped petals.  Long stems are ideal for cutting, this rose is known for its long vase life.  A light, delicate fragrance.  Height to 150cm.

 

SightSaver

Sightsaver – Hybrid T
Large soft pink blooms that are highly fragrant are produced in profusion on a medium sized shrub. Excellent disease resistance. Height to 140cm.

 

Soul sister

Soul Sister – Floribunda
Milky chocolate buds open to a latte co ee colour and soften to lavender as the blooms fade. An elegant and unusual flower colour, the blooms have a light tea fragrance. This free flowering floribunda rose is similar to Julia’s Rose. Height to 150cm.

 

Soulmate rose

Soul Mate – Floribunda
Blooms are a perfect butter gold colour with a delicious liquorice fragrance. This floribunda rose has a rounded habit, glossy green leaves and excellent disease resistance. The perfect yellow rose. Height to 120cm.

 

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The Children’s Rose – Hybrid T
Soft powder pink double blooms with a true rose perfume. A strong grower, with good disease resistance. Height to 150cm.

 

Wollerton Old Hall

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Wollerton Old Hall – David Austin
One of the most fragrant David Austin roses, plump buds with flashes of red open to a beautiful, chalice shaped bloom of soft apricots, paling to cream. Up right bushy growth with minimal thorns, can also be grown as a climber. Grows 1.6m, or up to 3m as a climber.

Planting Bagged Roses

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Planting your Bagged Roses ~ A simple guide to follow

Site
Choose a sunny position. Check the soil pH prior to planting. Roses like a pH neutral soil between 6 and 7. Enrich your soil with cow manure or Active 8 prior to planting.

Soak
Cut the bag away from the rose, place the rose into a bucket filled with a diluted Seasol solution and soak for an hour prior to planting.

Prune
Prune the roses back hard, cut back to 100-150mm from the graft. This will help to reduce the risk of die back.

Create a slurry
Dig a hole and fill with water. Back fill with soil to create a slurry. This will eliminate any air pockets and ensure the soil is completely wet.

Planting
Plant your rose, keeping the graft well above the soil level. Water in with a Seasol solution, this will help to reduce the stress of planting. Do not fertilise your roses at the time of planting.

Mulch
We recommend Lucerne around your roses, this will suppress weeds and help maintain an even soil temperature and moisture.

Water
Water every few days with a good soak. It will take about 6 to 8 weeks for your newly planted roses to establish.

Fertilser
Once established feed your roses, every autumn, spring and summer with Sudden Impact for Roses for great results.

Camellias – A garden classic

Camellias are one of the garden classics.  The simplicity of the dark green glossy foliage with the delicate blooms make these plants a must in any garden.

Camellias are very versatile plants, they can be used in hedge planting, for a small specimen tree and even grow beautifully in pots.

They are hardy plants and relatively trouble free, proving beautiful floral displays for many years.

There are two main varieties of Camellias that grow well in Brisbane- Sasanqua and Japonica

Sasanquas are the first to start flowering, generally from March through to June. They grow and flower best in a full sun position.  The flowers are smaller than Japonicas, generally 5 to 9cm and come in range of colours from pure white through to pink and reds.  Sasanquas make excellent hedges and can also be used for espalier or topiaries.  They respond well to pruning.

Japonicas prefer some shade to protect the winter blooms and leaves from scorching.  The flowers range in colour from pure white through to pinks and reds.  The flower form can be quite stunning with formal doubles, semi doubles, single and peony forms.  Japonicas generally flower through the winter months.  Use in mass plantings, or as a single specimen.

Before planting, we recommend to check the pH level of the soil, Camellias prefer a slightly acidic soil generally around 5 to 6.

Camellias also like good drainage, heavy wet soils will lead to root rot.

Feed Camellias with Camellia and Azalea fertiliser during spring and early autumn.

Prune Camellias straight after flowering.

These pictures of blooms are from our current floor stock – taken Tuesday 9th May, so they may sell out.

Maidenhair ferns

Maiden Hair Fern

The quintessential indoor plant.  Everyone should have at least one maidenhair fern in their lives. The lovely lacy foliage and lush lime green colour has the perfect appeal! So to keep your maiden hair fern happy and healthy, follow these simple tips.

 

Do

Water regularly, and keep moist
If keeping inside – find a well-lit position
If keeping outside – plant in the shade
Fertilise every fortnight with a diluted liquid fertiliser (like Thrive All Purpose)
Repot every two years

Don’t

Place in a draughty or windy position
Let the pot dry out
Expose to direct sunlight

If your plant dries out, fill a bucket or sink with water and submerge the pot until the bubbles stop. Take the plant out and allow the excess water to drain away. Trim off any brown leaves.

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Zanzibar Gem

We love this plant.  It has glossy green leaves, is happy anywhere inside and thrives on neglect.  What more could you ask of an indoor plant?

Pair it with a gorgeous pot, and place front and centre on your desk or coffee table.

It will grow anywhere inside or in the shade, even in those dark corners that every other plant seems to fail.

Makes the perfect gift for the plant killers out there.

Water sparingly, once a month is fine, even less when it is cold.  Use a slow release fertiliser, like Osmocote in the spring, and re-pot when you see or feel a slight bulge in the pot.

Here is some inspiration from the internet, we don’t have the pots featured in stock but might have something very similar.

 

Gardenias

Gardenia florida

Gardenias are the scent of summer, the heady fragrance appears stronger in the early evening. With the classic glossy green leaf and the pure white flowers this plant is a must the garden.

These versatile shrubs can be used in any type of garden from the formal classic styles to the more relaxed tropical styles.  There is a gardenia for every garden situation.

Use Gardenia radicans as a low boarder.  Try Gardenia florida as an informal hedge or pot specimen. Looking for a dense hedge to 2metres then try Gardenia magnifica, like the name implies, it is magnificent.

Gardenias will grow happy in full sun to half a day of sun.  Once established in the garden, keep moist but not over wet.

Feed in the spring with a Gardenia, Camelia and Azalea fertiliser to encourage flowering, and after flowering give the plants a light prune. Keep well mulched and apply a spray of Eco Oil once a month to keep the pests at bay.

Highly recommended plants

Dietes bicolour and grandiflora

Designed by Sidonie Carpenter this garden uses a mix of natives and exotics in a relaxed formal planting style. Larger trees are planted at the back to screen and dotted at the front for interest.

Renee is standing in front of a Randia fitzlanii a fabulous feature tree for smaller gardens with an excellent shape.

Please come to view the garden, the staff can answer any questions you may have.

Plants that can be found through-out the gardens…

Bromeliad assorted

Philodendron selloum

Alpinia zerumbet varigata

Gardenia florida

Dietes bicolour and grandiflora

Blue Cane Palm

Zamia furfuracea

Michelia Coco

Magnolia Little Gem

Lomandra hystrix

Randia fitzlanii

Plumeria pudica

Alcantaraea Silver Plum

Viburnun Emerald Lustre

Aloe species

Russelia Tangerine Falls

Crassula ovata

Create a living screen

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Screens or hedges are a way of defining a space or creating privacy in a garden.  Hedges can be trimmed to become a formal style within the garden or let grow in their own form to create a natural screen.

When creating a hedge or screen to block out the neighbours, it is a good idea to choose a species of plant that will grow to the desired height.  Choosing a plant that will grow much higher will only create more maintenance down the track.  When the plants are establishing in the garden, give them a light prune every few months during the growing season from September through to March.  This will help to create bushy plants that will end up filling out the space.  If plants are left to reach their desired height before pruning it will take much longer for the hedge to fill out.

Our top 5 ‘Neighbour’ Screening Plants

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Syzygium Resilience

 

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Syzygium Cascade

 

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Viburnum Emerald Lustre

 

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Radermachera Summerscent

 

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Camellia sasanqua

Growing Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are an easy vegetable to grow, either in pots or in the garden. If you are new to growing tomatoes try growing the smaller cherry type; like Tomato berry or Pink Pearl.

Tomatoes like a full sun position, if grown in pots choose large tubs at least 400mm across. As the plants grow fast and produce abundance of fruit it is important to keep the fertiliser up to the plants. We recommend using Brookfield Garden Food when planting and use Triple Boost liquid fertiliser every fortnight for a bumper crop.

There are 2 types of tomatoes, determinate and indeterminate. Determinate means bushy, usually growing to around 1m. These plants generally don’t need staking, but watch out for disease and insects on fruit low to the ground and use plenty of dry mulch to protect the fruit from coming into contact with the ground. Indeterminate tomatoes will grow as high as the nutrient will allow. These plants will need staking and generally can reach up to 2 metres. Stake at the time of planting. Most of the cherry varieties are indeterminate growers.

There so many varieties to choose from. Grow from seed, seedlings or individual pots. Individual pots are a great way to try growing a few different types.

In the individual pots you will find premium seed varieties selected and bred for their flavour, vigour and disease resistance. Check out the range now available in store.

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Rapunzel (featured above) – High yielding, long trusses up to 1metre long produce cherry red bite sized fruits.

Tomato Berry – Produces long trusses of glossy red heart shaped fruit. Small, sweet and prolific fruiter. Superior disease resistance.

Mini Roma – small roma shaped fruit with great flavour, each fruit weighs between 30-50gm. Perfect for salads.

Cherry Fountains – This tomato has a trailing habit making it perfect for pots, hanging baskets or if there is limited space in a raised vege garden. Fruit are 3-4cm in size with a good all round flavour balance of sweet and acidic.

Sweet Truss – Trusses of plum shaped, deep red flavoursome fruit. Lengthy cropping season and very disease resistant.

Trusty – High yielding tomato, bearing trusses of large round red fruit that can weigh up to 140gm. Good disease resistance.

Pink Pearl – Crimson pink bite size cherry tomato. High yielding plant with firm full flavour fruit. Superior disease resistance.

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