5 Native Flowers to try Growing at Home
There are many beautiful native flowers in Australia, each with own characteristics, hues, and scents. In this article, we have prepared the top 5 native flowers that are ideal for indoor gardening to help you.
Australia is a country known for its beautiful beaches and lush rainforests. Likewise, it is famous for being so diverse. The country is also blessed with a huge selection of native flowers that are ideal for indoor and outdoor gardening to further beautify one’s home. Aside from being beautiful blooms, these flowers are made to thrive in Australia’s unique climate.
Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or someone who’s just starting out, Australian native flowers can provide your home with a touch of beauty that can bring joy to your life. There is no other way to bring your home delight and excitement than by appreciating Australian native flowers’ unique colors, smells, and shapes.
In this regard, here are the top five Australian native flowers that are perfect for your home.
The Australian-native Banksia is a shrub or tree that was first discovered by Sir Joseph Banks. Currently, there are now more than 170 recognised Banksia species. Banksia trees can grow up to 25–30 meters tall, but they can also grow as small, woody bushes. Trees often have a thick, uneven trunk and low branches, whereas shrubs typically have stems that are upright or prostrate and are at ground level.
Banksia are best recognised for their distinctive elongated flower spikes and serrated leaves that come in shades of yellow, red and orange. A woody axis covered in hundreds or possibly thousands of closely spaced flower pairs makes up each flower spike which can last for months on end.
This plant is an iconic native Australian flower that is well-known for its unique, cone-shaped flowers. Banksias prefer well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight, making them perfect for sunny windowsills.
Kangaroo Paw is a plant native to the southwest region of Western Australia. Its unique flower resembles a kangaroo's paw and comes in a range of colours, from red and orange to yellow and green. Kangaroo Paw is a low-maintenance plant that thrives in well-draining soil and bright, indirect light.
There are four types of Kangaroo Paw plants, namely, red and green kangaroo paw, tall kangaroo paw, little kangaroo paw and, and dwarf kangaroo paw. If you’re interested in growing seedlings of Kangaroo Paw, make sure to do so during springtime. Make sure to keep the soil moist and continue to germinate the seeds until 6 weeks have passed.
If you’re haven’t heard of grevilleas, you might know them as a spider flower. Grevilleas are a diverse group of plants that come in many different shapes, sizes, and colours. They are among the most popular of all Australian garden plants. Their colours range from from pale pinks to fiery reds and oranges.
While there are many different types of grevilleas, one thing is common – these plants are low maintenance and thrive in well-draining soil and plenty of sunlight. They are also known for their willingness to flower and flower.
Leucospermums are plants that are native to South Africa but have become popular in Australia over the years. Their genus contains around 50 species which usually grow in forests, scrubland, and mountain slopes. However, some varieties are popular for being grown indoor, and they are mostly called pincushion proteas for their pincusion-like blooms.
The plant's flowers are cone-shaped and come in shades of orange, red, and pink, with long, pointed petals that resemble pins. Leucospermums prefer well-draining soil and bright, indirect light.
Taking care of Leucospermums is not very difficult as deep watering of indoor plants should only be done when the potting soil is completely dry. The foliage should be kept as dry as possible, much as outside plants. Never leave the pot stand in water, and be careful not to overwater.
Flowering gums are vibrant grafted eucalyptus trees. It is a popular choice for Australian gardens due to beautiful flowers which range from pink and red to orange and white. They and are also shaped like small bells. The rugged, dark-brown trunk sprouts an abundance of vibrantly coloured blooms in the summer, which, when in full bloom, make quite a statement which makes it a popular choice for most people.
With Australia being an abundant source of unique flowers, trees, and shrubs, you will never run out of options to beautify your home. Growing these plants might be quite challenging at first, but so long as you are open to learning and continue to keep a keen eye on taking care of them, your flower will end up blooming like they never had before.
Flowers are a great source of peace and happiness and will surely make your home a more breathable space. We hope this article provided you with some clarity on the native flowers you should grow at home!