Hi workshop gang,
I am looking at replacing a lot of my current plants (bird of paradise, kentia palm, devils ivy, etc) with native Australian plants.
Would love your suggestions for native plants that would work well in a pot (unfortunately I can't plant anything in the earth) as well as recommendations for native plant suppliers in Melbourne.
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Let me tag the wonderful @Noelle who might like to kick off the discussion and have some plant recommendations for you. You might also like to tell us what kind of conditions the potted plants will be in. For example, are they on a covered deck or patio, or out in the sun all day?
They are out in the sun all day, but I am able to bring them inside quite easily, if they need a break from time-to-time. Pending the weight of the pot of course.
I love how some furniture display stores have - what appears to be a gum tree variety - but I'm not sure how appropriate they would be for pots.
While most native plants will grow much better when planted into the garden, there are some that are quite spectacular as potted plants, like the dwarf or ground cover version of Bankia Birthday Candles and even the stunning Sturt's Desert pea (Swainsona formosa). These are but two of quite a range.
Gum trees (Corymbia and Eucalyptus species and varieties) are not really suited to pot growing because most develop quite extensive root systems -they generally don't thrive unless planted out in the garden.
To see what is available and talk to the experts, I suggest you visit Kuranga Native Nursery, York Road, Mt Evelyn. It's really worth the trip because this nursery has an outstanding reputation, qualified horticulturists onsite and the best range of native plants for both garden and pot growing in Melbourne's climate.