Winter blooms

When we started planting out our garden we wanted to make a concerted effort to have plants flowering all year round to both encourage the insects, but also the birds to our garden.

We probably don’t have as many winter flowering plants as we would like at this stage, but we are getting there slowly. Many of our plants have been grown from tubestock so it will take a little while for them to get to a larger size in the short-term, but in the long-term they will be better for it and they should hopefully be covered in a lot flowers over the next few years.

There are quite a few Australian natives flowering in our garden at the moment: Grevillea ‘Fire Cracker’, Cut-leaf Daisy (Brachyscome multifida), Swan River Pea (Gastrolobium celsianum syn. Brachysema lanceolatum), Eremophila glabra ‘Amber Carpet’, Xerochrysum bracteanthum ‘Dargan Hill Monarch’, Crowea exalata and Grevillea lanigera ‘Mt Tamboritha’. In the vegie patch, the beautiful Crimson-flowered Broad Bean is also in full bloom.

I thought I would go around this weekend and take some photos of what is currently flowering in our garden at the moment. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

We started off with one Crowea exalata and found that it flowers most of the year and needs little maintenance. A year later and we now have 3 of them beside the front path.

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Crowea exalata | A Backyard Obsession

Our Xerochrysum bracteatum ‘Dargan Hill Monarch’ has also been great value, flowers for much of the year and attracts butterflies. Unfortunately, someone who was fixing our roof recently thew a tile into the middle of it and broke it in half (it was 1m wide), so I will be looking to replace it. However, we might try and take cuttings and grow some more in another part of the yard as well.

Xerochrysum bracteatum 'Dargan Hill Monarch' | A Backyard Obsession
Xerochrysum bracteatum ‘Dargan Hill Monarch’ | A Backyard Obsession

We currently have one Eremophila glabra ‘Amber Carpet’ planted in front of the letterbox, which is in full bloom. Apart from the odd tip prune to increase its bushiness, it has required little maintenance and easily survived a hot dry summer. We will definitely look at putting more in about the place.

Eremophila glabra 'Amber Carpet' | A Backyard Obsession
Eremophila glabra ‘Amber Carpet’ | A Backyard Obsession

Lastly, our Crimson-flowered Broad Beans were too nice not to photograph. It is always nice when the edible vegetables you grow are also stunning to look at!

Crimson-flowered Broad Bean | A Backyard Obsession
Crimson-flowered Broad Bean | A Backyard Obsession
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2 thoughts on “Winter blooms

  1. hi can you please tell me where you purchased your dargan hill monarch. I’m also in Melbourne and haven’t been able to find this plant anywhere. It’s beautiful and i’d love to grow some in my own garden.

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