Brisbane box garden - 6 months of successes and failures
I planted this native garden in timber boxes just before Christmas, and thought I'd share what has died, survived and thrived. Being lazy, I chose drought hardy natives so they'd survive on rainwater only and require no maintenance. Alas Brisbane had plenty of rain in February causing a few plants to die as they had too much water! Most plants from Bunnings and all were small plants under $20 when purchased.
I went with the thriller, filler, spiller model, with one large shrub in each planter box as the thriller. This space has early morning sun then shade for 70% of the day.
1. The grey/green spiller. This is Desert Pride or Eremophila Kalbarri Carpet. These babies have gone bananas, they were 3 or 4 stems about 10cm long on purchase and are now loads of stems of 20-50cm long. Love them.
2. Nafray Grass. Grass on the far left and the far right. Cheap, grows quickly, fills a gap.
3. Robyn Gordon Grevillea - slow growing but going well and has given me two rounds of rather nice red flowers in the last 6 months.
4.Callistemon Hannah Ray - also slow growing but looking healthy.
5. Night Jessamine - I bought these as they were on sale for about $5. They went absolutely ballistic and grew to 6 feet high and wide in two months. Too much for me so I sold them on Facebook for $30 each. Note these are a weed if they get out into the bush, competing with natural flora.
In a separate pot doing very nicely is a Sublime Fruiting Lime. Looks lovely and may well adorn a G&T one day.
Ascot Rainbow - I started with three of these. One has done well and really grown while the other two hung around for 4 months then seemed to rot and die. Too much rain early on I suspect.
In a separate pot I have a Star Jasmine. It went crazy over summer but has barely grown at all since March. We'll see what happens in Spring.
Kangaroo Paw - I failed to heed the warnings because they just looked so nice at the store! Too much rain and one rotted and died within a month. I cut the other one right back and it's still there but hasn't grown much at all.
Also worth noting is that I used a decent potting mix. I'm usually tempted by the $3/bag stuff, but took the Bunnings staff member recommendation to buy something decent and used 70% Searles Premium Potting Mix and 30% soil on the bottom of the boxes.