Hibiscus rosa-sinensis: A glossy-leaved, upright shrub which produces a profusion of spectacular flowers in a variety of colours and colour combinations. There are many cultivars including singles and doubles. The Hawiian hybrids are sometimes as large as dinner plates but they tend to be short lived, just one day per bloom but they keep on pumping them out at an amazing rate day after day for months on end.
Hibiscus syriacus: An erect and bushy shrub with dark green leaves and large trumpet-shaped flowers of very pale pink with a deep red throat. Flowers profusely, makes for a good background shrub or feature. It's particularly useful for poor soils with low fertility. Can be partly deciduous in cooler climates.
Anigozanthos flavidus: Grows in a clump with very grasslike dull green, strap-like leaves and branching stems which carry the claw shaped flowers which can be cream, green, yellow, orange or red. Best planted en masse to get the best effect from their sparse structure. However when they are all in bloom they can make a stunning display. These flowers are becoming increasingly popular as cut flowers due to their striking, geometric shapes and intense colours.
Grevillea intricata: A dense, spreading, very attractive shrub with long, finely divided and silvery green in colour. The divided leaves appear needle-like and give the shrub a delicate texture. Cylindrical spikes of creamy white flowers are borne sporadically throughout the year. It can stand some frost but not heavy and prolonged.
Grevillea Coconut Ice: A broad bun-shaped shrub which is widely considered one of the best grevillea cultivars on the market. It's a dense bushy shrub which flowers prolifically with deeply divided, bright green leaves. At the end of the branches it bears racemes of cream and pale pink in winter and spring with spot flowering in summer. An excellent shrub that is frost hardy and will attract nectar feeding birds to your garden. NB. The leaves of all grevilleas can cause skin…