In the garden: the top 10 garden plants that cannot be killed

I have to be honest, there is no such thing as an “invincible” plant, but there are more than a few that come close.

It’s the hardy plants, the disease and pest tolerant plants, and the “leave me alone” plants that don’t want to be fussed about.

The “invincibles” are suitable for investment properties, large garden areas where you just don’t have the time and are the saviors of homeowners who want a beautiful garden that is easy to maintain but cannot adapt to gardening. because of their way of life.

There is an old adage that goes something like: “There is no problem with the plant, this is a problem with the person” and I would tend to agree.

Just like making sure you find pets that will suit your lifestyle, selecting the right plants for your lifestyle and what you can provide will help you become a healer, not a killer.

These are my top 10 (almost) invincible to try in your home.

Cast iron plant (Aspidistra elatior) truly lives up to its name.

It belongs to the lily family and is native to China and Japan.

A shade lover who is also a happy houseplant, he can survive pretty much without the sun.

It has a rather slow growth rate and is expensive but resistant to diseases and pests.

The worst thing you can do for this plant is to overwater it.

Plant it and go, it’s worth it.

Indian hawthorn (Rhaphiolepsis indica) is a slow growing shrub that loves the sun and can make a beautiful hedge that won’t require pruning.

It tolerates all kinds of conditions and will even happily grow in coastal locations.

Indian hawthorn is considered somewhat invasive, so select it carefully and perhaps remove the berries to slow the spread.

Star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) will cover the horrors of your garden beautifully.

It grows as a ground cover or climber and loves our climate.

This jasmine will give you beautifully scented flowers that will quickly attract local bees.

If it takes him a little while to find his feet and settle down, once he does, this vine will take off.

Not difficult on soils and will grow in partial shade but does best in full sun.

Beauty arbor (Pandorea jasminoides) is my favorite climber because it ticks a lot of boxes.

This is a native Australian vine, a lightning-fast grower that creates a dense, evergreen characteristic and will grow just about anywhere.

It is also a fixed and forgotten climber which is a favorite of our native bees.

Grows in partial shade but will do best in full sun.

The roots can become invasive, so plant away from underground infrastructure.

Mat Rush (Lomandra spp.) Is a local council favorite that you will often see in roundabouts and along roadsides and this is because of their adaptability and ease of maintenance.

They are native Australian grasses and can grow happily in large pots and easily fill areas of your garden with their stunning fountain shape.

There are a lot of nice variations and they are not fussy about the site.

Linseed lily (Dianella spp.) Does the trick if you are looking for a plant with straighter leaves and many are native to Australia.

Most have striking blue-green leaves and produce stunning dark purple berries, but there are also some interesting cultivars you can choose from, some being more tolerant of extreme conditions than others.

A popular landscaping plant, I think it looks best when planted en masse along the edges or to fill in areas.

Magnolia teddy bear (Magnolia grandiflora ‘Teddy Bear’) a small, easy-care evergreen tree that
reward you with the most beautiful, highly fragrant, creamy white flowers imaginable.

They grow in a compact form and are suitable as a hedge plant.

This magnolia thrives in full sun to partial shade and while it prefers draining, loose soil, there isn’t much more to worry about.

Lilly Pilly Resilience (Syzygium australe ‘Resilience’) is a fast growing native that will give you either a characteristic cute little tree or a fast growing evergreen hedge and you will get these delicious edible berries.

Frost and drought tolerant, you will find it hardy once established, but choose this cultivar, not just any lilly pilly as it is bred to be hardy as the name suggests.

Prefers full sun and can tolerate partial shade.

Bush lilies (Clivia miniate) can probably survive the apocalypse; enjoying some popularity with indoor plant collectors, but have been friends with investment gardens for decades.

They like shade, are not fussy at all in most conditions, are drought tolerant but are not happy in areas prone to frost.

You also get a burst of brilliant trumpet blossoms in winter.

Agapanthus (Agapanthus spp.) Are not my favorites at all, but I included them because they seem to be very popular.

One of their best attributes is that due to their sap-filled, striped leaves and clumpy shape, they can function as a fire barrier.

They can be grown in pots but also work well in mass plantings.

Although they are best known for their purple flowers, nowadays there are pinks, whites and even a “black” available.

Prefers full sun but can grow in partial shade.

They can become invasive in our waterways, so watch out for cultivars like ‘Queen Mum’ which are considered sterile and less likely to spread.

GARDENING BOOK REVIEW1 Minute Gardener

by Mat Pember & Fabian Capomolla, Pan Macmillan

Another great book from the team at ‘The Little Veggie Patch Co.’ and follows their success as a source of good basic advice, especially for market gardeners.

As always, Pember and Campolla share a healthy dose of sustainable gardening techniques, but here they’ve also removed fear for those with less time and maybe less knowledge.

You will find 60 guides there to do your gardening quickly, sustainably and efficiently.

A list of plants best suited to a busy lifestyle is included with a lot of help with pests, diseases and even as a more experienced gardener I have found this book to be valuable.

It’s written in the fun, refreshing style this duo is known for.

Perfect for beginners and for those who think they are far too busy to enjoy gardening.

TASKS AND TIPS FOR YOU THIS WEEK

With all the heavy rains recently, if you notice your plants turning yellow, it could be a lack of nutrients as a lot of water will wash them away.

Top up with some liquid or a slow release granular formula.

A few things you could plant this week include herbs, Asian greens, asparagus, artichokes, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, gooseberries, bell pepper, carrots, celeriac. , celery, chicory, chili, choko, cucumber, eggplant. , fennel, ginger, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, squash, mustard greens, okra, parsnip, potato, pumpkin, radish, arugula, salsify, beet, spring onion, sweet corn, squash , sweet potato, taro, tomato, turnip, green war vegetables, sunflower, aster, bedding begonia, calendula, California poppy, carnation, celosia, chrysanthemum, coleus, cosmos, dahlia, dianthus, everlasting daisy, gaillardie, gazania, gerbera , honesty, hospital patients, kangaroo paw, marigold, nasturt, phlox, portulaca, salvia, snapdragon, waratah, zinnia.

YOU AND YOUR GARDEN: Karen’s Bedbugs, Tuggerah

Question:

Dear Cheralyn,

I recently moved to the central coast and inherited two lemon trees and I am thinking of a lime tree.

They are fine, I think, but there are a lot of bedbugs attacking them and I hear a lot of different advice, but I want to take care of these trees, not kill them.

What’s the best way to get rid of bedbugs?

Karen

A:

Hello Karen,

Welcome to the Coast.

Bedbugs (Halyomorpha halys) are a nuisance and can be quite difficult to eradicate once they’ve taken a liking to you.

Consistency and vigilance are the best ways to combat them and always wear protective gloves and goggles, as that stinky spray they emit in defense is also caustic.

You will need to check your trees daily in the spring and physically remove them and when spraying with a pyrethrum pesticide, ensure complete coverage on both sides of the leaves.

Note this for next winter: Spray your citrus fruit with an oil-based pest control once a month as this will deter the stink bug nymph cycle.

Everyone: I am traveling to visit your gardens.

I would love to visit any garden, but especially school gardens, memorial gardens and verge gardens.

Contact me at gardeningcentralcoast@gmail.com and tell me about your garden.

Next week: Gardening for birds

Cheralyn Darcey is a gardening author, community garden coordinator and, along with Pete Little, “At Home with The Gardening Gang” host from 8am to 10am live every Saturday on CoastFM963. She is also the co-host of @MostlyAboutPlants, a weekly gardening podcast with Vicki White.

Send your gardening questions, events and news to: gardeningcentralcoast@gmail.com


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