Our new digs has a large L-shaped balcony, which at the moment is completely naked. It cries out for plant life and I aim to supply it with all it desires. I’ve decided I want to go with Australian natives. Because, well, I love so many of them. However, my knowledge is a bit on the small side. I know what I like but I don’t have much idea of what goes well in pots in direct sunlight. We face north-west and north-east and there is loads of sun.
Here’s my list of Aussie plants I like the look and/or smell of:
Carpobrotus glaucescens (pigface)
Lilly pilly (Syzygium luehmannii)
Banksia ericifolia (any banksia is good by me)
Acacia myrtifolia (any wattle will also do)
Eucalyptus (I have no idea if you can grow trees in a pot on a balcony. Gums tend to get very very tall. But oh how I love the way they smell.)
Citrus australasica (finger lime)
Grevillea buxifolia (grey spider flower—though any old grevillea would be fine)
Correas (not enough shade?)
Boronias (not enough shade?)
Waratah (telopea speciosissima too tricky? but they are the state flower and I love them)
Templetonia retusa (cocky’s tongues—excellently weird flower name )
Backhousia citriodora (lemon myrtle)
Doryanthes excelsa (gymea lilly)
Kangaroo paws (anigozanthos flavidus)
If any of you have any experience growing any of these in Sydney I’d love to hear about it. And if you can suggest other gorgeous Aussie native plants that would work I am all ears. Thanks to the twitter folk who’ve already made suggestions. No non-natives though. I am being very jingoistic in my plant selection. Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Um, etc.
Update: added kangaroo paws at Patty’s suggestion.