Summer flowering plants

Trees & shrubs

Amelia, Abutilon, Bauhinia, Buddleia, Calodendrum, Ceratostigma, Cuhea, Clerodendron, Duranta, Fuchsia, Gardenia, Hebe, Hibiscus, Hydrangea, Largerstroemia, Lavender, Murraya, Oleander, Frangipani and Tibouchina.


Allamandra, Antigonon, Aristolochia, Bogainvillea, Doxantha, Honeysuckle, Mandevilla, Passiflora and Solandra.


Carnations, Erigeron, Gazania, Geranium, Hemerocallis, Impatiens, Nepeta, Phlox and Verbena.


Agapanthus, Amaryllis, Canna, Dahlia, Gloriosa and Lilian.

Plant advice Melbourne

With over 300,000 flowering plants on the planet, plant selection can be difficult. Growing plants that are indigenous to your area are the most successful as they have adapted naturally to your local soils and climate. Many plants from other areas can be grown successfully when the right growing conditions are established. At Plantwise we have extensive plant and design knowledge and can help you with the plant selection process in your backyard whether you have finished hard landscaping or just starting.

Email for a quote on consultation costs today. We aim to respond on the same day or within 24 hours of your inquiry.

Tropical looking plants for Melbourne

Tropical plants don’t grow well in Melbourne as our climate is too cold and we have wet winters and dry summers where the tropics have dry winters and wet summers. I have put together a list of  plants that when put together look tropical and  grow well in the Melbourne climate. Choose plants with large or glossy leaves to add to the tropical feel. Water features, water falls, rocks (large and small), granitic sand and Balinese statues add to a Tropical theme.

Strelitzia reginae

Strelitzia Nicolai

Aspidistra elation

Dwarf date palm


Nandina domestica (nana)



Kaffir lily ‘Canna Tropicana’

Magnolia ‘Little gem’

Gardenia ‘Magnifica’

Rhapis palm


Dianella ‘Silver streak’

Cold climate bananas

Agave attenuata


Doryanthes excels




Acacia cognate

Shade loving and sun loving plants.

Shade loving plants can tolerate morning sun only

Ground covers

Rhoeo spathacea




Liriope muscari

Mondo grass

Plants up to one meter

Cast iron plant


Birds nest fern

Liriope gigantum

Clivia miniata


Plants one to two meters

Dicksonia Tree fern






Plants two to five meters

Camellia japonica

Pieris japonica

Sarcococca confuse


Sun loving plants need at least six hours of sun a day.

Sun loving ground covers

Arenaria montana


Million bells

Myoporum parvifolium

Scaevola aemula

Grevillea Mt Tamboritha


Correa reflexa

Scleranthus biflorus


Dicondra repens


Sun loving garden edging plants


Lomandra ‘Little con’

Seaside daisy

Festuca glauca

Agapanthus dwarf

Dwarf English box

Hebe ‘Emerald green’

Dianella ‘Silver streak’

Plants to 1 meter

Convolvulus cneorum









Plants to 2 meters

Westringia fructosia ‘Whynyabbie gem’

Philadelphus mexicunus

Choisya ternatta

Murraya paniculata

Camelia sasanqua


Hymenosporum ‘Gold nugget’

Syzygium austral ‘Bush Christmas’

Quick screening plants

Vibernum tinus

Acmena smithii ‘Cherry suprise’ or ‘Hot flush’

Photinia robusta

Ficus hillii

Pittosporum ‘Silver screen’

The best Australian native plants

Aussi Trees

Eucalyptus leucoxylon ‘Euky dwarf’

Acacia cognate

Acacia cognate ‘Burgandy cascade’

Eucalyptus caesia ‘Silver princess’

Corymbia citriodora ‘Dwarf pink’

Corymbia ficifolia

Agonis flexuosa ‘Burgandy’

Aussi Shrubs to 1 meter

Acacia cognate ‘Limelight’, ‘Dazzler’ or ‘Mini cog’

Grevillea superb

Grevillea ‘Robyn gordon’

Pimelea ferruginea

Adenanthos sericeus

Callistemon pallidus

Callistemon ‘White anzac’

Correa alba

Aussi Ground covers

Casuarina glauca ‘Cousin it’

Scaevola aemula


Correa reflexa

Leucophyta brownie

Myoporum parvifolium

Chrysocephalum apiculatum

Grevillea ‘Mt Tamboritha’

Bracteantha bracteata

Aussi Grasses

Kangaroo paw

Lomandra tanika ‘Seascape’

Dianella ‘Silver streak’

Carex testacea




Plants poisonous to horses

An easy way to recognize a poisonous plant is by snapping a stem to see the colour of the sap, (don’t get the sap on your skin) generally if the sap is white, it is poisonous although poisonous plants can also have a clear sap.

Many plants are poisonous to horses. Toxins are present in varying amounts under certain conditions such as when plants are stressed or wet. Though poisoning can be rare its good to be aware of a plants potential to poison a horse when selecting plants that horses may have access to. These plants have been know to cause symptoms such as rapid breating, convulsions, low blood pressure, calcium deficiency, colic, sweating, liver failure and even death.

We have listed some of the plants that have the potential to poison horses which are worth investigating further if you own horses.

Red Maple (acer rubrum)
Prunus (cherries, plums, peaches)
Cape tulips
Blue canary grass
Paradoxa grass
Hairy darling pea
Grey swainsona
Broughton pea
Dwarf darling pea
Mother of millions
English yew
Yellow oleander
Rubber vine
Purple rubber vine
Cotton bushes
Blue periwinkle
Pheasants eye
Cotton weed
Gumpie stinger
Creeping indigo
Birdsville indigo
St Barnabys thistle

Some plants cells contain idioblasts which contain sharp needle like crystals of calcium oxalate. These are inside a gelatinous material which swells and shoots out the crystals when chewed. Some of these plants have an inflammatory effect as well so the inside off the mounth and throat becomes swollen causing obvious problems to both horses and people.
Some of the plants that cause this are
Dumb cane
Peace lily
Arum lily
Elephants ear


Fastest growing screening plants

These are the fastest growing screening plants and there height. They will get between 40 cm and 1 meter of new growth a year in good growing conditions.
They are avaliable in different varieties depending on what height you would like.

Photinia robusta              (hxw  )   8x8m
Pittosporum tenuifolium    from     3x3m
Viburnum tinus                              3x4m
Syzygium austral              from     1m to 6 m
Acmena smithii.                from     3m to 6 m
Westringia fruticosa
(Wynyabbie gem).                         2×2 m

Small trees

There are a few small flowering trees that will suit a small garden.
Deciduous trees
A small deciduous tree that likes the shade is a Japanese maple or Acer palmatum. Some deciduous sun loving trees are the Forest pansy, ( Cercis canadensis), Cercis chinensis ‘Avondale’, Flowering cherry,( Prunus ‘Kojo-no-mai’), Crab apple (Malus ioensis ‘Plena’), Crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica x L. fauriei ‘Acome), Magnolia Fairy blush.
Small weeping trees
If you like a small tree with a weeping habit consider weeping Plums, Apples, Cherries, Mullberries, Birches, Elms, Maples, Gleditsias and Grevilleas.
Small standard trees
Trees known as standards are a good small tree such as a Fig (Ficus), Lilly pilly, the native frangipan (Hymenosporum flavum), Olives, Bay trees or Magnolia little gems (Magnolia grandiflora.
Small evergreen trees
For small evergreen trees try Agonis flexuosa, After dark or Burgandy, The Irish strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo), Banksia marginata, Citrus trees, Dwarf Eucalyptus ( Corymbia ficifolia, Baby orange, Baby scarlet, Burgandy, Calypso Queen, Summer beauty, Wild sunset or Wildfire), Eucalyptus leucoxylon Euky dwarf, Michelia figo, Magnolia grandiflora ‘Kay Pareis’, or ‘Teddy bear’.