Real World Gardener FAVOURITE ACACIAS are Plant of the Week

September 9th, 2016

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at  and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network.

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The Plant Panel choose their favourite Acacias.

Acacia leprosa Scarlet Blaze

Wattles herald the coming Spring with masses of mostly yellow blooms all throughout our bushland, parks and reserves and even in some gardens.



This mass display is mostly seen as winter draws to a close but did you know there’s one of these in flower somewhere in Australia at all times of the year?

Let’s find out what our favourites are?

I'm talking with the plant panel:- Karen Smith, editor of Hort Journal  and Jeremy Critchley, The Green Gallery wholesale nursery owner.

Plant Panel Picks

 Acacia leprosa “Scarlet Blaze

Scarlet Blaze It is a small tree or large shrub, growing to 5 metres high and 3 metres wide.

Acacia baileyana flowers

All forms of Cinnamon Wattle, and so this one, have leaves that release a cinnamon-like scent from its foliage, particularly in hot weather.

Acacia baileyana "Goldilocks."

A Grafted Standard form of Acacia baileyana that makes a stunning feature plant to the landscape. It has grey fern like foliage and bright yellow rounded flowers that bloom in late winter to spring providing a mass display of grey and gold in a weeping waterfall habit.

No secret about this plant of the week because the Australian National Colours of green and gold are representative of the Wattle in flower.

Acacia cognata "Limelight"

'Limelight' looks fantastic all year round with its lime green foliage a stand out against many other common garden plants

Acacia cognate 'Limelight"

Did you know that the wattle, specifically Acacia pycnantha was officially proclaimed as the National Emblem on the 19th of August 1988, but has been unofficially accepted as our Floral Emblem since federation in 1901?

It used to be in August but now September the 1st is National Wattle Day in Australia.

The Golden Wattle is an Australian Symbol  of unity, resilience and spirit of the people of Australia.





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