We are the lucky country so our spring isn’t only about flowers. Here are some of my favorite Aussies for foliage and form. I prune most of these to keep the foliage fresh and quite small. Currently experimenting with Aussie natives that can make dense topiary and low hedging.

Banksia repens, the Creeping Banksia

Banksia repens
Banksia repens, the Creeping Banksia is a very good low growing plant.

Acacia aphylla Mimosaceae

Acacia aphylla Mimosaceae
Acacia aphylla Mimosaceae. This ancient plant makes a modern statement.

Acacia aphylla Mimosaceae can grow into a round bush up to 1- 2m but after flowering it responds well to pruning.

Conospermum triplinervium Tree Smokebush

Conospermum triplinervium Tree Smokebush (2)
Wonderfully unusual, Conospermum triplinervium, Tree Smokebush should really be one of our more famous natives.
Conospermum triplinervium Tree Smokebush
The smoky “flowers” of Tree Smokebush can make unusual flower arrangements or just a stunning accent in the garden.

Very hardy and suits many soils, Tree Smokebush makes a statement grown en-mass or by its self, keeping it’s shape well and responding to some pruning.

Eucalyptus pulverulenta — Silver-leaved Mountain Gum 

Eucalyptus pulverulenta — Silver-leaved Mountain Gum
Eucalyptus pulverulenta — Silver-leaved Mountain Gum can be cut right back to get fresh new foliage.

There are many Australian native plants that can be pruned, coppiced and trained to make the most of their fabulous foliage. I hope you have fun exploring them – let me know what Australian natives are your favorites?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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